Lodge, St John’s win to cop last quarter-final spots

Milo Schools U-18 Football Tournament…

With the final two round-robin games being completed on Monday evening, the Milo Schools Football Tournament will now intensify as it heads into the quarter-final stage.
The quarter-finals have now been set after St John’s College and Lodge Secondary joined six teams who advanced over the last weekend.
Playing the first game on Monday afternoon, St John’s College faced off against St Stanislaus College in an intense battle.
With the quarter-final berth on the line, both sides upped their defences which resulted in neither side being able to score early on. However, fireworks soon came as two goals were scored in the same minute by Saints’ Daniel Persaud and St John’s Akeel Bennette to push the score to 1-1. Saints acted swiftly and set up another goal which came off the boots of Jerimiah Sampson three minutes later to take the lead. Tyreke Saunders trailed closely and netted a goal of his own to level the scores.
When the other half began, Josiah King gave St Stanislaus the upper hand, but their opponents were not going to go down without a fight. Two back-to-back goals from Jaheim McPherson and Jared Corrica ensured that St John’s had just enough to take the win.
In the final round of 16 game, expectantly, Lodge Secondary dominated the encounter and cruised to victory. Their opponents, Tucville Secondary put up a fight as they tried to keep up with Lodge. Simeon Benn of Tucville got the scoreboard ticking in the 17th minute and like lightning, Lodge’s Dorwin George netted a goal in the 18th minute to equalise. George then netted a second in the 22nd minute and his teammates Curt Edwards and Shemroy Myers both scored in the 29th and 34th to bring their lead to 4-1.
Dawange Jones found the back of the net twice for Tucville in the second half, but as Edwards added another to Lodge’s tally in the 69th minute, they reigned supreme with a 5-3 win.
The quarter-finals are set for this weekend, March 30 and 31 at the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue. There, Charlestown Secondary will take on Annandale, Bishops’ High will battle with President’s College on Saturday and then on Sunday, Christianburg-Wismar will face off with Vergenoegen, and Lodge Secondary will take on St John’s College in the final game.