IT took 24 penalties to stop St Agnes Anglican School of St James, from writing themselves into the annals of primary schools football history yesterday, when the Port of Spain & Environs Education District Atlantic Football League finals were contested at Fatima College Ground in Mucurapo.
St Agnes Anglican were attempting to become the first team to win all the categories in the Atlantic sponsored football competition but faltered at the final hurdle, the boys Under 15 final.
Earlier in morning, with over 400 cheering fans and supporters, St Agnes won the Under-12 Boys finals over defending champions Dunross ‘Prep’. Jelani Cox got the winning goal in the 11th minute when blasted the ball past Ethan Hong in the Dunross citadel.
St Agnes also won the Under-15 Girls title for the sixth time in seven years, when a ninth minute Mariah Williams goal proved to be the winner.
With two victories under their belt, St Agnes went into the final game against Carenage Boys Government School confident of victory, but found themselves trailing 2-0 at the interval. Hakim Farray and Kelon Edwards were the marksmen for the eight-times Port of Spain champions.
However, in the second session, St Agnes Anglican came alive and hit back with two goals from Dante Goddard and Jelani Cox. This forced the game into extra time and that did little to change the result. But it took 24 penalties to give the Carenage school the Atlantic Under-15 Boys trophy.
Under 12 Boys Final
St Agnes AC 1 Dunross ‘Prep’ 0
Under 15 Girls Finals:
St Agnes AC 1 Diamond Vale Gov’t Primary 0
Under 15 Boys Final
St Agnes AC 2 Carenage Boys Gov’t 2 (FULL TIME)
Carenage Boys Gov’t won 9-8 on penalty kicks.