MVP Sports Girls U11 tournament: Marian, St John the Baptist book final spots
A new champion will be crowned in the Petra-organised MVP Sports Under- 11 Girls football tournament, after the defending champions were ousted from contention in a thrilling pair of semifinals on Saturday afternoon.
The first school to book passage to next Saturday’s anticipated final was St John the Baptist Primary out of Region Seven, as they defeated West Ruimveldt Primary 2-0.
After a quiet first half on both sides, Captain Shemia Hing found the back of the net in the 27th minute to give St John the Baptist a 1-0 lead. Then, Neisa Lewis added to their tally in the 31st minute for the 2-0 victory.
The score line was the same in the second semi-final, as Marian Academy unceremoniously ended North Georgetown Primary’s title defence.
Again, the first-half proceedings were uneventful, but in the second, things heated up.
The first real opportunity was a penalty that went the way of Marian Academy, but the shot was missed. However, Captain Skylar De Nobrega made no mistake in the 25th minute when a handled ball presented them with another opportunity to take the lead, 1-0.
Ten minutes later, it was De Nobrega who took a shot across the goal from the top of the box that was fumbled by the North Georgetown keeper which made its way into the box.
While St John the Baptist and Marian Academy will contest the final, North Georgetown and West Ruimveldt will face off in the third- place playoff.
Meanwhile, placement games also happening on Saturday saw Potaro Primary defeating Smith’s Memorial 2-0. Nazeema Lewis found the back of the net for Potaro in the 18th minute, while an own goal in the very first minute of the game accounted for their two.
Next, a Wolette Griffith hat-trick in the 2nd, 10th and 18th minutes ensured Tucville Primary would get the better of Friendship Primary 3-1.
Queen-Nefer-Tarie Elias netted Friendship’s consolation goal in the 39th minute.
Later on, One Mile Primary edged Genesis Primary 1-0. Faith Higgins was the lone goal-scorer of the game, finding the back of the net in the 35th minute.
The tournament’s grand conclusion is set for this Saturday, December 9 at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Ground, Carifesta Avenue.