Genosyde, McKoy Lands to contest INSPORTS/Babsy Grange final
FOLLOWING highly exciting and competitive semi-final matchups, Genosyde and McKoy Lands secured their places in the final of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Babsy Grange Community Football competition in Gordon Pen, St Catherine.
In a very tight affair that finished 1-1 after full and extra-time, Genosyde went on to beat Brunswick 5-4 on penalties, while McKoy Lands also endured a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out to prevail over Rebel United, following a 2-2 regulation and extra-time scoreline.
Kenano Allen had fired Brunswick into a 16th-minute lead, but with the celebrations hardly over, Nick Williams (19th) notched the equaliser.
The second half saw the teams battle without scoring goals, thus advancing to the shoot-out, which Genosyde won.
In the McKoy Lands-Rebel United semi-final match, Roshane Myrie scored the opening goal for McKoy Lands, after only two minutes.
Rebel United answered with a goal from Roger Francis in the eighth minute, but McKoy Lands regained the lead as Andre McLeod scored the team's second goal. Determined to stay in contention, Rebel United made one last push and found another goal through Roger Francis to tie the scores 2-2.
Another penalty round was in order and McKoy Lands sealed a 3-2 victory, along with their place in the upcoming final.
The competition is similar to others held in various communities, both in rural and urban Jamaica, and fits within the mandate of INSPORTS to unearthing talent in sports across the country.
The main objective of these competitions is to provide a structured medium through which talents can be displayed and identified for further development through the state agency's coaching programmes.
"INSPORTS is here to provide those opportunities and to give athletes the chance to excel within their sporting disciplines. The fact that there is untapped potential becomes clearer when we host these kinds of competitions and invite players to display their talents on the field. What we are doing through our football community programme is priming players for professional advancement," noted Ian Andrews, administrative director of INSPORTS.
Rudolph Barnes, assistant national sports coordinator, also commented on the semi-final matches.
"What we saw here today makes me very optimistic about the future of football in Jamaica," he said. "This just speaks to the fact that with continued efforts behind the INSPORTS community football programme and coaching clinics, Jamaica will be able to produce world-class football players."
INSPORTS will be extending its coaching clinic programme to St Catherine next month.