Top Road top INSPORTS Little London Community League Football League
Top Road FC emerged champions of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Little London Community Football League when they blanked Braughton FC 2-0 in the final.
Renardo Atkinson opened the scoring in the 13th minute, while Davian Smith sealed the issue with a last-minute goal in the final, which was played last Sunday at the Little London playing field.
At the outset, both teams seemed equally matched and made a number of attempts at each other's goal.
The significant difference, however, was Atkinson's goal, which gave Top Road the lead.
The second half proceeded with near goals, which elicited cheers and sighs of disappointment from community members watching the action.
With time running out, Top Road took on a more conservative approach, while Braughton threw everything at their opponents.
Something had to give, and Top Road capitalised to claim top honours.
The playing field was one of the recent sites in the parish to benefit from rehabilitation exercises undertaken islandwide by INSPORTS, this as part of an ongoing effort to expand its community football development programme to the benefit of 150 youth in Westmoreland.
THE CONTINUED EXPANSION
"It is really rewarding to see our efforts come to fruition. We targeted the Little London playing field for rehabilitation for use in our football coaching clinics and to host various competitions as part of our agency's football development programme," noted Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS.
"We were able to rid the field of water and unevenness and make it fit for training and competing," he continued. "Our football development programme is reaping success, and this is due to the holistic approach we have taken.
"The players have certainly benefited from the coaching seminars due to the level of participation and skill we saw in today's finals, and we look forward to the continued expansion of the programme across the island," he said.
For their efforts, Top Road were awarded $70,000, while Braughton received the second -place prize of $30,000, and third-place Delveland got $15,000.
"Today was a great show of the progress of the players. We are seeing where the coaching clinics have really made a difference in how the players approach the game," said Rudolph Barnes, INSPORTS' assistant national sports coordinator.
"Good team work was evident, and there were marked improvements in the fundamentals of the game such as marking, passing and tackling."
The state agency has undertaken similar playing-field rehabilitation and coaching-clinic initiatives islandwide, with development programmes under way in Westmoreland, St James, Mandeville, St Ann, St Catherine, Kingston, St Andrew, and Portland.