D Park, Barbican to clash in U17 final
Duhaney Park and Barbican will contest this Friday's Bill Express/KSAFA Under-17 final, following contrasting semi-final wins at Barbican Complex on Sunday.
Duhaney Park overcame Santos 3-1 in extra-time after playing to a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation time, while Barbican turned back Waterhouse 5-4 on penalties after that game stood at 0-0 after regulation time and extra time.
In the feature game, Duhaney Park, through goals from Jahvon Barclay, Kemar Reid and an own goal, defeated Santos, for whom Javain Brown scored.
The Omar Williams-coached Duhaney Park took the lead after eight minutes when Barclay scored directly from a corner. But Santos equalised almost immediately when a player was brought down just outside the area and Brown's deflected free kick found its way past Antonio Millington in goal.
Santos created the better chances during regular time. But the extra period was all Duhaney Park and they took the lead again when Reid eluded a defender and fired inside the goalkeeper's near-post.
Minutes later, good work from Reid's strike partner, Prince Cole, resulted in a defender putting the ball past his own custodian to enable a two-goal cushion.
An elated Williams told The Gleaner he is looking forward to winning the title. Two years ago, this same group of players had won at the under-15 level for Duhaney Park.
"From we defeated Harbour View I told my team that there is no other team in the competition to beat us. Santos had the better of regular time, but in extra time we overran them to come away with the win," he said.
Meanwhile, Barbican's coach, Mark Scotland, credited their victory to discipline.
"Waterhouse is a good team with very skilful players, but we went in with a plan to sit deep. Neither team was able to penetrate and we didn't plan for penalties, and penalties are a raffle, but we won," he said.
He expects Duhaney Park to start the final as favourites, but believes they stand a very good chance of winning the title.
"We have not lost all season. Duhaney Park beat Harbour View and they have a very strong team with very robust players, but I believe we have a very good chance," he said.