Eastern Boys Government School yesterday made history when it won both the Under-12 Boys and U-15 Boys titles at the Atlantic Port-of-Spain and Environs Sports Council football competition at the Hasely Crawford training field in Mucurapo.
Both finals were quite competitive with Eastern Boys defeating Dunross Preparatory, 2-0 in the U-12 division in the opening match and then its team in the U-15 category edged Diego Martin Boys RC, 2-1.
In the opening affair, Eastern Boys and Dunross battled hard and despite a number of close chances on either end, the scoreline remained goalless at the half-time interval.
However, on the resumption the Nelson Street-based unit was first to go on the scoresheet through a brilliant strike by Andel Fraser in the 24th minute. Moments later, Zachary Joseph sent the large group of Eastern Boys supporters jumping for joy when he struck home for the winner.
Dunross mounted a number of runs throughout the second half in search of a reply but it never materialised as it was unable to find the back of the net.
The win sees the Eastern Boys team advance to the quarter-final of the Atlantic National Primary School Football League (NPSFL) on November 7, to meet the winner of the North Eastern Education District in the quarter-final of the Boys’ U-12 competition.
In the second match, the Eastern Boys senior team was given a flyer when a Diego Martin Boys RC defender deflecting a ball into his own goal.
However, the Diego Martin Boys squad did not stay down for long and responded thanks to a goal from Hashim Portillo, levelling the scores 1-1.
Ryan Radellant, who was later named the “Most Valuable Player” (MVP), remained his consistent scoring self and netted the winner for Eastern to help them progress to the quarter-final of the Boys U-15 competition of the Atlantic National League and will play the winner of the Caroni District on November 9.
School Supervisor II and Port of Spain and Environs Sports Council vice chairman Simonetta Williams and School Supervisor I, Carl Thomas were on hand with along with chairperson of the sports council Abeyola Akowe to present trophies and awards following the matches.
Fraser was named the MVP of the U-12 boy’s competition. St Agnes, the Girls’ U-15 winner, will play the champion of St Patrick on November 8.
All NPSFL matches will be played at at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Eastern Boys Government 2 (Andell Fraser, Zachary Joseph) vs Dunross Prep 0
Eastern Boys Government 2 (Ryan Radellant, own goal) vs Diego Martin Boys RC 1 (Hashim Portillo)