Youth investment pays dividends for Cavalier SC
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
"You will never win anything with kids," is a popular saying and belief in football, particularly in the United Kingdom.
Cavalier Soccer Club is one which goes against that trend and it has been paying dividends for them.
The Eastern Kingston-based club have won four of their six matches this season to lead the league, and in all of their wins, their young players have played a significant role.
Sunday was no different. Oshane Jenkins was their deliverer on Sunday as they stopped former champions Harbour View 1-0.
"It was an excellent counter-attack. I received the ball in stride and just finished it clinically in the back of the net," said Jenkins.
"It was a sweet strike on the half volley. I just waited on it and lashed it home. This performance has boosted my confidence. This is a quality team that we played against, and to score the winning goal is something special, so I feel really good, and it has boosted my confidence quite a bit," the utility player said with glee at the end of the game.
Sunday's victory was the first for Cavalier over their rivals since they returned to top-flight football three seasons ago.
"It is a wonderful feeling to beat them. We have been in the Premier League for some time and it is the first we are beating them. This is something that we have to use as a stepping stone for the next time we play against them and against other teams," said the 20-year-old, who grew up with the club.
He added: "This is my second goal for the season. I have had the chik-V for some time and did not play, so this is about my third game, and I am scoring my second goal, so I can't complain."
What was also pleasing for Jenkins was the role one of his best friends, Chevonne 'Messi' Marsh, played in his goal.
"Both of my goals have come from assists from Messi. We have been playing together for some time. We are the same age, we are in the same Under-23 camp, and we have good camaraderie going on and we are very close, so when we go on the field, it flows naturally," Jenkins gushed.
Jenkins said that the performance of youngsters like him and Marsh was just the tip of the iceberg as they would get better as they mature.
"You can expect greater performances from us as we are blossoming well. We will continue to work hard in training and you will see it in the match.
"We came in the league not just to make up numbers. Our aim at the start of the season was to finish the first round on top and take it from there. We are on target for that and we will keep going," Jenkins promised.