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Corinaldi's Demarion Spence eyes Samsung title

Published:Thursday | May 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:

Eleven-year-old Demarion Spence, a grade-five student at the Corinaldi Avenue Primary School in Montego Bay, St James, is a football star in the making, helping his team to the quarter-finals of the 2014 Samsung Cup, after Saturday's rounds.

Spence, who plays in the forward position for the Steve Bucknor-coached school, is a smooth operator up front or in midfield from where he directs the play with telling passes or a quick incisive tackle.

Driven by the passion found in the Samsung Cup football championship, the young striker believes out of this experience he will be made a much better individual.

"The Samsung Cup means a whole lot to me because it has already made me a better footballer," he said.

"It has taught me the value in sharing, and so I now love to share the ball with my team-mates and they too are willing to share and pass the ball, so I think it is a good thing," young Spence added, just after his team trounced First Hill Primary 4-1.

It's no wonder he admires Liverpool FC striker Louis Suarez, the man who scored more than 30 goals in the just-ended English Premier League season.

Secure a spot

And Suarez is who he wants to emulate.

"I just think he is a very good player and that is why I like the Samsung Cup, because it is helping me to become a good player," he said.

Corinaldi did enough to secure a spot in the quarter-finals, where they are schedule dto meet Tomlinson's Prep, after winning two of the three matches on Saturday.

Defending champions Irwin Primary, although advancing to the round of eight, were handed a heavy loss at the hands of Clarks Town 8-1, who signalled their intent moving forward.

Howard Cooke also looked good and could be the team to win it all this year, if they get the better of Catherine Hall Primary in their quarter-final game, in what is sizing up to be the game of the round, given their long historic rivalry.

QUARTER-FINALS PAIRINGS

Clarks Town Primary vs Fullerswood

Tomlinson's Prep vs Corinaldi Primary

Montego Bay Prep vs Irwin Primary

Howard Cooke Primary vs Catherine Hall