Denver Crescent aims to retain St Andrew crown
The parish phase of the LIME Futsal tournament comes to a close this weekend with the two most anticipated tournaments in the parish leg of the championship.
Today, teams from St Andrew will do battle at Limelight club in Half-Way Tree, while Kingston teams will match skills at the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) car park, downtown Kingston, tomorrow, to decide the last two parish winners.
Sixteen teams will contest the respective tournaments, including defending champions of St Andrew, Denver Crescent Allstars from Maverley; and Kingston holders Street People, out of Trench Town.
Coach Jerovis Grant of Denver Crescent said they want to be the first champion to retain their parish crown this year. He noted that of all last year's winners, four have lost in finals this year.
"We are boosted by the fact that 12 of the 14 parishes have played already and no champion team has repeated and it is our intention to be the first to retain our title," he said.
Although futsal is a different version, he said they have prepared and made the adjustments.
"The format has changed from four-on-four scrimmage to futsal, which requires a 'keeper'. We have retained most of our squad and we have made the adjustments. We have players who are used to small-side football, so we are confident," he insisted.
Denver Crescent will play Epic Strikers in their opening game, but for Grant's team playing the final game of the first round of matches will give them a great opportunity to observe and analyse the various opponents.
"Playing the last game will give us a chance to look at the opponents," he noted.
Meanwhile, two champions were crowned in neighbouring St Catherine on the weekend. Young Madrid emerged winners of Portmore after a 3-2 penalty shoot-out win over Knoxx Lane, after both teams played to a 3-3 draw. Tafari Robel of Fresh Fire was the top scorer with six strikes.
For the rest of the parish tournament, Medley Mixer came out champions after a 11-3 mauling of Rising Stars in Spanish Town. Mixers' Kurt Richards and Atapharoy Bygrave both scored four apiece in the final, while teammate Rohan Williams was the tournament's top scorer with 10 goals.