Noelita Lawrence-Ricketts – Staff Reporter
After more than a decade of hunting, Corinaldi Avenue Primary finally broke their dreaded drought, winning a football title in a crowning moment at the inaugural Hosanna Prep Under-10 competition, which culminated last Friday at that schools compound.
Corinaldi lifted the crown, one of two on the day, with a fractious 5-1 defeat of a spirited Hosanna Prep in the championship game, watched by an overzealous and fiery crowd.
The electric Mikoy Foster and Carlondo Morris each had a brace, while Ricardo Esmie added the other as the Corinaldi team danced to the title in emphatic and competitive fashion.
Hosanna Prep’s consolation goal was rifled in from the penalty spot after the ball was handled in the area early in the second half.
The contest proved a lively one from start to finish, with the Hosanna team contributing significantly, despite not being as attacking-minded as in previous matches, and were outgunned by their quicker, skilful and more physical opponents.
Eber Prep finished fourth in the competition, with third place going to Barracks Rod Primary.
In the meantime, Carlyle Tinglin, the Corinaldi captain, walked away with two top awards at the presentation being named the best goalkeeper, as well as the coveted Most Valuable Player award trophy, one of three sectional awards for the school on the day.
Pinnacle Academy were named the Most Improved School, with Andre Dixon the best defender, and Ronaldihno Richards the top midfielder.
Despite not lifting the title, Hosanna Prep featured significantly in the awards segment as their young and popular player, Shavier Wong, was one of two players named Most Promising.
The competition was played in recognition and celebration of the school’s 20th anniversary and their proud principal, Doreth Chambers said it was a very satisfying event, which went well beyond their expectations.