The final four of the Milo Under-20 School football championship is set in stone after a thrilling quarterfinal round on Sunday at the Ministry of Education ground.
Defending Champs, Chase Academy are safely through the semifinal round after an easy 3-0 victory over North Georgetown.
Chase’s ability to spread the field and find their players with space proved critical in the win as they outplayed their opponents in every aspect of the encounter.
Ryan Hackett scored the first two goals of the match for a double in the 16 and 48th minutes while Kelsey Benjamin solidified the win with a goal in the 52nd minute.
Some of the action during the tournament
Former champs, Lodge Secondary had to endure a grueling penalty test to make it into the semifinals. After their match with last year’s finalist Dolphin Secondary ended 1-1, Lodge was able to win the penalty shootout 3-0.
However, during the match it was Dolphin’s Leon Richardson who opened the scoring in the 13th minute as the team looked to park the bus in hope of locking up a semifinal berth.
That was not to be as Shemar Dover’s 52nd minute goal equalised for Lodge. With both teams unable to find a winner, the game moved to the penalty round where Lodge got the better of their opponents.
Queen’s College and Bishops High, two rival teams in both academics and athletics played to 1-1 draw as well with the former prevailing 4-2 on penalties to advance to the semifinal.
Stephon King’s 23rd minute goal put Queen’s up 1-0 early in the match but Tyrese Souvenir’s 43rd minute goal gave Bishops their equalizer.
Nevertheless, Queen’s proved the strength of their mettle with a thrilling penalty win.
South Ruimveldt was the other team to advance to the semifinal with a comfortable 3-nil win against Christ Church.
Cecil Jackman looked unstoppable as his two strikes in the 23rd and 35th had South Ruimveldt looking in prime position heading into the halftime break.
Leon Charles would add insult to injury with another goal for South Ruimveldt in the 47th minute.
Action in the tournament will continue on March 17 with semifinal action as Lodge will face Queen’s College and Chase battle South Ruimveldt for a chance to play for the championship trophy