Defending Champions BHS storm into round two

Digicel Schools Football Championships 2016…

tagore beat Winifred Gaskin 16-0

By Andrew Carmichael

Defending champions of Zone six Berbice High School (BHS) overcame an early scare to book their place in the second round of the annual Digicel knockout schools football tournament with a 4-2 win over Manchester Secondary on Thursday at the Burnham Park in New Amsterdam.

Led by a helmet trick from Derck Taylor, BHS came from behind after Shane Campbell had put Manchester ahead in the 13th minute.

The heavy conditions did little for the defending champions but afforded them a shot from the penalty spot in the 18th minute for the equalizer.

Using the advantage of the wind, Taylor netted his second goal seconds into the second half with a shot from outside of the 18-yard box which went over the goalkeeper’s head. One minute later, Taylor was inside the 6-yard box after dribbling past two defenders and made it 3-1.

Manchester pulled one back in the 54th minute when Shacquen Velloza placed a ball over the head of the goalkeeper who found himself out of place.

The defending champions were then forced to dig deep to avoid the game having to be decided from the penalty spot. Taylor was called on again and delivered in the 70th minute he delivered with his fourth goal.

BHS will now meet Skeldon Linepath Secondary on Thursday in a second-round match.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Tagore Memorial Secondary took advantage of a week and inexperienced Winifred Gaskin Primary and inflicted a 16-0 win when the two teams met at the Skeldon Community Centre on Wednesday.

Scoring for Tagore Memorial, Sherman Stewart scored a double helmet trick with goals in the 1st, 4th, 10th, 40th, 41st, 47th 70th and 83rd minutes of play.

Neil Jacobs scored a hat trick with goals in the 18th, 56th and 76th minutes while Rondel Rawlins scored in the 33rd and 45th minutes and Richard Leitch 43rd, Mattias Lewis 69th and Cyrus Nicholson 77th minute.

Tagore will clash with Tutorial Academy at Skeldon next Friday.