In the final five minutes of extra time, skipper Derrel Garcia scored the winning goal for Beach Camp Community Primary against Montgomery Government Primary in an action-packed Boys Under-15 finals of the Atlantic National Primary Schools Football League at the Hasely Crawford Stadium today (November 20).
With chants from supporters and a vibrant rhythm section, the energy was soaring on the field as the boys brought their A-game as they vied for the coveted trophy having gone undefeated throughout the season. To kick off the match, Beach Camp held steady possession of the ball. But within a mere five minutes in, Tyrell Frederick of Montgomery Government scored the first goal of the game to put his school on the board. In a quick turnaround, Montgomery added another goal to their scorecard with a free kick by To Peters just shy of the five minute mark.
But this proved to be the greatest motivator for Beach Camp as Derrel Garcia answered back with a beautiful goal past three Montgomery defenders to bring the score to 2-1. In an effort to keep the momentum going and even the score, Beach Camp attempted a free kick but it could not get past Montgomery goalie Le Shawn Garcia.
Throughout the match, both teams consistently encroached on their rival’s goalie box but attempts were saved by impressive skill by the respective goalies who successfully prevented the game from easily turning into a double digit score.
In the second half of the match, Beach Camp looked for the equaliser as they maintained the ball on their rival’s side, both teams exhibiting high-energy defense and quick footwork. After unsuccessful free kick attempts and with Montgomery steadily regaining ball possession, Beach Camp finally got the break they were fighting for with a triumphant goal from Andel Gabriel that sent Beach Camp supporters into an uproar, pulling the trophy away from Montgomery with only two minutes left of regulation time.
With ten minutes of extra play time, the first half saw play in the middle of the field, both teams persistently defending their rival’s from play time on their territory. The second half saw a shift as Montgomery’s offence ramped up efforts to keep the ball in their rival’s territory with three goal attempts saved by Clement. But this proved no match for Garcia who once again responded to Montgomery by scoring the winning goal for his school to make Beach Camp the Boys Under-15 football league champions and snag the award for MVP.
On hand to witness what some spectators dubbed a “David-Goliath” victory were Minister of Education, Hon. Anthony Garcia; Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Shamfa Cudjoe; and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and MP for La Brea, Nicole Olivierre.