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Cavalier prep for Mexico trip with KSAFA win

Published:Wednesday | September 11, 2019 | 12:07 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Everdeen Scarlett, head coach of KSAFA Under-15 champions Cavalier, has said that their performance in this year’s competition will serve as a measuring stick ahead of their participation in international competition in Mexico in January.

Cavalier retained their title on Thursday after a 4-1 penalty, shootout victory over Santos at the UWI Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence. This came after both the played out a 0-0 draw at full and extra time.

Scarlett said that hard work and dedication were the key factors that contributed to his team’s victory.

“I am extremely happy, but more so for the boys because they are a good bunch of boys,” said Scarlett. “They are a very confident group, and they are now looking forward to next season because most of them can play again.

“They are also looking forward to a tournament in Mexico in January, and so this win is a major boost going into that tournament for us,” he added.

Reflecting on his team’s performance against Santos, Scarlett said: “It was a pretty tough game because Santos put up a strong fight, but when it came down to penalties, we just held our nerves and won the game.”

HARBOUR VIEW’S PERFORMANCE

Meanwhile, Harbour View secured their fourth straight hold on the Under-13 title after defeating Santos 1-0. Denzil McKenzie netted the all-important goal for Harbour View in the 61st minute.

Sydney McFarlane, coach of Harbour View, said that he was delighted with his team’s achievements.

“It is a good feeling for me, but the boys are enjoying it more than me,” said McFarlene. “This is a significant achievement for the club because this is our fourth straight KSAFA Under-13 title, and so this is a big accomplishment for us.

“At the beginning, we said we wanted to win the tournament every time we played, and in the end, that is what happened, and so this is great for us,” McFarlane noted.