Cavalier crowned mid season champs
Despite playing without top players Alex Marshall, Swane Thompson and George Pinnock, Cavalier Football Club cruised to a 2-0 win over Browns Town to claim the Magnum/KSAFA Super League midseason title and $50,000 cash prize at Constant Spring on Friday.
Cavalier controlled the match from early and broke the deadlock on 40 minutes when they received a penalty and Ryan Miller converted, a league-leading fifth goal, from the spot to put the Rudolph Speid-coached team ahead.
After the break, Cavalier continue to have the better of their opponent, and they extended their advantage 12 minutes into the half following a swift counter-attack which was finished off by the arriving Nicholas Hamilton from 12 yards.
But despite putting out an under-strength team, Speid thought they were always in control even though Browns Town had them under some pressure in the latter stages of the game.
"We didn't play about three of our top players because they have been struggling a little bit for fitness, including Marshall, so we decided to rest them," Speid said after ward.
"This final doesn't carry any points but we had to turn up, so we rested Marshall and some other players. But we thought we had enough ammunition to do the job, and we came and gave a workmanlike performance and secured the victory.
"After we scored, they were just throwing caution to the wind, and we tried to play them on the counter, but we never thought we were under pressure, we had control of the game right through," he insisted.
Browns Town coach Karumi Huei said his team gave up after the second goal.
"You have to keep playing after a team score, there's 90 minutes in the game. So we have to work on the psychological part," he said.