Milton Lynch will be looking to have their new name etched in the annals of history.
Grantley Prescod, Milton Lynch to face off in BICO final
Two, two-time champions will both be seeking a third title next week when the curtain comes down on the 2018 BICO National Sports Council Primary Schools’ Football Competition. Milton Lynch Primary and Grantley Prescod Primary both booked their berths in next Wednesday’s final after winning in contrasting fashions yesterday.
With the semi-final games being played at the National Stadium, Grantley Prescod were first to advance. After topping Zone 3 with five wins and two draws, the St. Barnabas-based team came to the Round of 16 and dismissed Blackman and Gollop, three goals to none. In the quarterfinals, it was 1-1 when the final whistle was blown against Zone 7 winners St. Gabriel’s. The game had to be decided at the penalty spot and Grantley Prescod took the win at 7-6.
In yesterday’s semi, they got the better of West Terrace after the teams remained locked at the end of regulation time. With neither side getting an edge inside regular play, Jean-Pierre Marville broke the stalemate in the first half of extra time to give Grantley Prescod the game-winner in the 1-0 finish.
For Milton Lynch, they came out of Zone 7 behind St. Gabriel’s with 19 points from six wins, a draw and a loss and they went on to dispatch Zone 1 winners All Saints, 4-1 in penalties. At the quarterfinal stage, Zone 8 winners Bayley’s were the next victims as they went down three goals to one.
Yesterday’s semi saw them facing former champions St. Stephen’s and coming away 3-0 winners. Jayden Rowe got the show started in the ninth minute to see his team to a 1-0 lead at the break. In the 27th, Mykio Sobers put the ball in the back of the net from a corner kick, while Christian Gill added the third, ten minutes later in the 37th.
Milton Lynch have two titles under their belt, winning in 1982 and 2004 as Christ Church Boys. Grantley Prescod, also victims of a name change, have one win as Pine Primary in 2002 and one more recently as Grantley Prescod in 2014.
This year’s final goes to the National Stadium on June 27 and kicks off at 11 am.