St Bess is best in Guinness Street football in ‘St Bess’
St Bess Football Club were crowned parish champions for St Elizabeth last Sunday after defeating Young Blood 1-0 in a nail-biting final in the Guinness Street Football Challenge at Santa Cruz Transportation Centre.
The goal came courtesy of a scorcher from Golden Boot winner Shevon Samuels, which brought his tally to five goals.
"I'm really excited about the competition, for the opportunity to showcase my skills and the chance to compete against local and regional players," Samuels said.
The champions also pocketed $200,000 in prize money and bragging rights after a gruelling matchup of 28 teams in the newly expanded format, which saw teams advancing from their group to the knockout stages then final.
CARIBBEAN FINALS HOSTS
The competition, which is being staged in Jamaica under the Guinness brand for the first time, moves to Portland on April 19, with prior eliminations in Spanish Town, St Catherine and Llandilo in Westmoreland.
Jamaica will also host the Caribbean finals later this year on June 28-29. Trinidad and Tobago are the defending champions.
St Bess FC, as well as Young Blood and the other semi-finalists, Holt United and Maggoty Strikers, will advance to the national finals on June 14. They are now one step closer to being Caribbean champions, joining eight teams from the Spanish Town and Westmoreland play-offs.
"Despite the inclement weather, the community and the teams turned out for arguably the most exciting parish play-off so far. We feel the momentum and the excitement building and in true Guinness style, champions St Bess FC defied the odds and showed they were made of more by beating the favourites Golf View FC in the preliminaries," said a beaming Andrew Anguin, assistant brand manager, Guinness.
"For us that is what it's all about; more passion, more skill, more determination, more heart. The champions had it all today and they deserved the win."