Sir Leon Lessons survived a scare from unfancied Bishops’ High School winning 4-3 on penalty kicks after normal time ended 0-0 to seal their semi-final berth in the Milo Secondary School Football Championship yesterday.
Bishops’ High, who had a chance to win the fixture in the 86th via the penalty mark only for Tyrone Singh to strike struck his effort high over the crossbar at the Ministry of Education ground, scored first in the penalty shootout through Jordan Kellman.
Omari James equalised for Sir Leon Lessons with a finish into the lower right corner.
The second round of penalty kicks failed to separate the sides as Keith Cort scored for Bishops’ and Tyrese Forde netted for Sir Leon Lessons.
However, the pressure of the occasion overwhelmed the Carmichael Street unit as Shemar Britton fired his effort wide of the right corner.
The South Ruimveldt institution capitalised on Bishops’ failure with Richard Rayside netting to give them a 3-2 lead.
Tyrone Singh leveled the contest to start the fourth round when he slotted into the lower right corner making amends for his earlier miss.
However, Adrian Aaron maintained Sir Leon’s advantage, slotting calmly to lower right corner. Needing to score in the fifth round to keep their hopes alive, Bishops’ crashed out of the event as Imran Khan was denied by the goalkeeper to his left.
On the other hand, Morgan Learning Centre had no such drama in their progression to the semi-final round, brushing aside Carmel Secondary 11-0.
David Coates recorded a hat-trick in the 38th, 67th, 77th and 79th minute.
He was supported by an Osafo Matheson double in the sixth and 32nd minute and a Chris Macey brace in the 47th and 63rd minute.
Adrian Adolph, Daniel Clarke and Orin Moore chipped in with solitary strikes in the first, 43rd and 49th minute respectively.
The event will resumes today at the same venue with the final two quarterfinal fixtures. Masters Academy will battle Buxton Youth Developers at 13:00hrs, while two time defending champion Chase Academy tackles Pure Masters at 15:00hrs.
Winner of the tourney will receive $500,000 towards a school project and the championship trophy while the second, third and fourth placed sides will pocket $300,000,$200,000 and $100,000 respectively towards a school initiative and a trophy.