The Portsmouth Secondary School are this year’s Under17 Secondary School Football Champions.

They defeated the North East Comprehensive School who were playing in their first ever U17 finals, in a thrilling game of football on Wednesday at the Benjamin’s Park in Portsmouth.

The North East Comprehensive School who were also on a “fairytale run” suffered a 3-0 defeat from a much more experienced Portsmouth Secondary School.

Portsmouth Secondary School took the lead in the 15th minute of play after Kadimel Paul expertly went round the defender on the left flank and put in a left footed cross for Julie Henry who made no mistake in finding the back of the nets.

The first half ended PSS 1 NECS 0.

North East Comprehensive School Under17 Football Team

However, in the second half, the North East Comprehensive School had a more offensive showing – but, that in itself created problems for them as they were continuously opened at the back.

That led to a 54th minute goal from Omari Bazil who finished up a brilliant dribbling and crossing effort frmom Julie Henry on the right flank to make it 2-nil to PSS.

Some minutes later, DFA Rookie of the Year 2018/2019, Tyriq Joseph, made it 3-nil in the 77th minute when he controlled in the heart of the NECS defense, turned and dribbled passed two defenders and placed a right footed shot to the left of the NECS Goalkeeper sealing the U17 Championship for the PSS.

The Champion School, PSS, received the Championship Trophy, Gold Medals and a Football complements the Sports Division.

The Runner’s up, NECS, received the second place Silver Medals.

Edgar Alexander of the NECS received the George Carrington award for Best Defender of the final while Julie Henry of PSS received the George Carrington award for the Best Goal of the final and Tyriq Joseph also of PSS, received the George Carrington award for the Most Valuable Player of the final.

All the individual Trophies were Sponsored by Former National Goalkeeper, Mr. George Carrington who resides in Canada.


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