ExxonMobil U14 Football Tournaments: Bartica boys, Waramuri girls start with a bang as defending champions

Defending champions of the respective ExxonMobil U14 Boys and Girls Schools’ Football tournaments: Bartica Secondary boys and Waramuri Primary Top girls, have each sent a strong message to the competition on Monday, when the 5th edition of the ExxonMobil Under-14 Schools’ Football tournaments kicked off.
Three Miles Secondary, West Demerara Secondary, Santa Rosa Secondary and Bartica Secondary boys, and Tucville Secondary and Santa Rosa Secondary girls lit up the Ministry of Education (MoE) Ground on Carifesta Avenue as the first round of the Group stage was completed.
In the very first game of the day, boys’ defending champions Bartica Secondary entertained the crowd with goals from Jaden Christian, Ray Spencer and Lenny Skeete in the respective 4th, 15th and 30th minutes to pull off an opening 3-0 victory over L’Aventure Secondary.
With one goal each from Nashavn Pickette, Jaquan Smith, Brolin Griffith and Marvin Carter in the respective 5th, 14th, 16th and 26th minutes, West Demerara Secondary toppled Bygeval Secondary 4-2. Rafael Aguilar (13th) and Jefferson Rodriguez (25th) netted for Bygeval.

Scenes from the first day of the 2024 ExxonMobil U14 action

Another team effort saw East Ruimveldt’s Jahem Kendall (6th), Jaden Abrams (15th) and Stephen Whitter (29th) starring in a 3-1 victory over Annandale Secondary. Seaton Rogers (23rd) scored for Annandale.
The game between West Ruimveldt and Queen’s College ended with a similar result. The contest ended in West’s favour following a brace from Yannick Fox (11th, 13th) and one netted by Dominic Lesperance (8th). Javier Mendonca (12th) scored for Queen’s College.
A close encounter between Abram Zuil Secondary and Westminster Secondary ended with the latter prevailing 3-2 through a brace from Gregory Romascindo (11th, 20th) and a goal from Germine Garnett (32nd). Andron Robeiro (28th) and Mark Anthony (30th) scored one each for Abram Zuil.
Also in the winners’ circle was Santa Rosa Secondary boys, who enjoyed a 5-0 win over New Campbellville Secondary. Shane James led the charge with a double in the 12th and 16th minutes, while Shavid Marks (2nd), Rovaldo Abraham (7th) and Glennie Harris (27th) netted once each.
Jaden Griffith (1st) and Ronaldo Mohabir (12th) each found the back of the net for Bush Lot Secondary, while an own goal helped Bush Lot cruise to a 3-0 win over Carmel Secondary.
The encounter between South Ruimveldt and New Central High also ended in 3-0 victory for the former, as Jahim Hart (16th), Devonte Game (19th) and Carlon Robinson (25th) scored one each for South.
St. John’s College got the better of Christ Church Secondary in a 2-0 encounter, compliments of goals from Chinedu Obi (6th) and Robino Abrams (29th).
Dolphin Secondary and Patentia Secondary fought tooth and nail, and in the end were separated by one goal in a close contest. Gowan Adams (18th) and Inshan Alli (34th) found the back of the net for Dolphin, while Jonathan Redmond (24th) scored Patentia’s consolation goal.
The last year boys’ runners-up, Waramuri Primary Top, edged Brickdam Secondary 1-0 on the back of a 3rd minute goal from Ricardo Lewis; while a similar low-scoring contest saw an own goal from School of the Nations in the 27th minute handing Marian Academy a win.
Meanwhile, Cotton Field Secondary and Ann’s Grove Secondary played to a 1-1 draw, compliments of goals from their respective players: Elliot Hendricks (10th) and Juslyn Halley (30th).
Playing to nil-all draws were Chase’s Academic Foundation and Leonora Secondary, and Hope Secondary in an encounter against Charlestown Secondary.
The girls’ competition saw defending champions Waramuri Primary Top dominate their encounter with IAE, whom they defeated 8-0. Nickisha Williams (4th, 15th) and Brentia Marks (19th, 20th) had braces, while one each was scored by Dorwin Boyal (16th), Erika Harris (17th), Shelleyon France (25th) and Teanna Abrams (29th).
Winning by a similar margin were the Santa Rosa girls. This time, Veronica Chatta was the star on show, scoring goals in the 3rd, 4th, 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th minutes for a tally of 6; while Anelisa Robinson scored a brace in the 14th and 29th minutes to complete the 8-nil scoreline.
Goals off the boots of Arianna Stoby (12th) and Zalina Jones (28th), in addition to an own goal helped Three Miles Secondary to a 3-0 victory over East Ruimveldt.
Norismar Williams (11th, 20th) and Keysi Austin (13th, 22nd) scored doubles to hand Bartica Secondary a 4-0 victory over Bush Lot, while Tucville Secondary downed New CampbeLlville by the same margin. Ceara Glasgow (10th, 11th) and Geimacy Gitten (7th, 30th) were the goal scorers for Tucville.
One goal each off the boots of Maxine Rodriques (18th) and Christine Paul (19th) helped Abram Zuil Secondary to a comfortable 2-0 win against New Central High. By a similar margin, Marian Academy managed to get the better of Charity Secondary. Ashley Walton (7th) and Breanna Nobrega (25th) were the goal-scorers for Marian.
A 25th minute goal from Domonique Rodrigues helped New Amsterdam Secondary needle President’s College, while Cotton Field and Westminster Secondary played to a nil-all draw.
The ExxonMobil U14 tournaments are likely to continue at the same venue this Saturday, June 1st.