DEFENDING champions of the Petra Organisation/Milo Under-20 Inter-Secondary School Football Championships, Lodge Secondary School, along with dethroned champions St George’s Secondary, are part of the 16 teams advancing to the knock-out stage in this year’s tournament.This was confirmed by fixtures issued by the organising body, following last Sunday’s final preliminary round of matches held at the Ministry of Education, Carifesta Avenue-based ground. St George’s gained a walkover from Ascension Secondary, while St Mary’s, Dolphin and Chase Academy all recorded victories.
In the first game of the day, goals from the boots of Curtez Kellman (7th) and Andel Smith (42nd) were enough to hand St Mary’s a 2-0 win over Brickdam Secondary, before Dolphin blanked Christ Church 3-0, courtesy of a Leon Richardson double (38th and 50th) scored after Dakhawn Matthews’ 35th minute strike.
Following Ascension’s walkover win, Chase Academy faced and defeated South Ruimveldt 2-0 in the final game of the day, with Isaiah Reddy scoring a brace for the victors in the 46th and 65th minutes, after Shaquiel Blair had placed South Ruimveldt in the lead with his 24th minute goal.
Following Sunday’s completed fixtures, North Ruimveldt and Richard Ishmael advanced to the knock-out round, having chalked up 7 points to top Group ‘A’, with Queen’s College (7) and Mae’s Secondary (5) being the top two teams out of Group ‘B’.
Kingston Secondary and St Joseph High were the two top teams coming out of Group ‘C’ with 6 points each, with Dolphin and Morgan Learning Institute sharing the lead in Group ‘D’ with 7 points.
Four schools namely Lodge Secondary, St George’s, East Ruimveldt and Chase Academy achieved victories in all three of their group matches to record maximum points of 9 each to top their respective groups.
Lodge topped Group ‘E’, St George’s (F), East Ruimveldt (G) and Chase Academy (H) and they had as their runners-up Queenstown, St Mary’s Bishops’ High and South Ruimveldt, who all accrued 6 points each.
Meanwhile, the fixtures for this weekend’s quarterfinals action will see Kingston oppose St Mary’s at 11:00hrs, Mae’s Secondary take on Dolphin Secondary at 12:30hrs, Bishops’ High meet Lodge Secondary at 14:00hrs before South Ruimveldt and North Ruimveldt culminate the day’s action with their fixture which kicks off at 15:30hrs.
On Sunday, Queen’s College go up against Morgan Learning Institute at 11:00hrs, Queenstown will look to hand East Ruimveldt Secondary their first loss when the two sides meet at 12:30hrs, St Joseph and St George’s face each other at 14:00hrs, followed by the Chase Academy versus Richard Ishmael fixture that is set for 15:30hrs.
The quarterfinals will be played next Saturday at the same venue from 11:00hrs, with the semifinals and final on March 25 and 29 respectively.