Cavalier set to lift title
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
Cavalier were made to wait until Saturday for the opportunity to lift the Claro/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League Trophy, as they played to 1-1 draw with fourth-place Mountain View United in their rescheduled match at Excelsior High School yesterday.
Cavalier still lead the standings on 47 points, three more than second-place Santos.
Cavalier are also firmly favoured and placed to win the championship, as they will go into their final game against Barbican with a goal difference that is +14 superior to that of Santos, who will play Rae Town.
According to Cavalier's coach, Lamar Morgan, they are not depending on mere goal difference to see them home.
Morgan said: "At the end of the day, goal averages are like nothing, a team can just go out there and score handsomely, so we just have to do what we have to do come Saturday against Barbican."
Cavalier made their intentions clear from the kick-off when Donovan Alvaranga made a lovely run before getting off a 25-yard shot which sailed high.
They were soon ahead on minute number 19 when their diminutive forward, Locksley Thompson, rose above everyone to head down for his strike partner, Phillip Riley, to make the easiest of tap-ins.
Riley went close to doubling Cavalier's lead four minutes later, but he failed to get enough power on a beautiful cross from Oneal Morrison.
Three minute before half-time, Mountain View's Troyland Williams struck a powerful 20-yard free kick all along the ground, forcing a brilliant save from Cavalier's custodian, Everdean Scarlett, who had to dive full stretch to his right to save.
However, Mountain View's leading marksman was not to be denied and stepped up in the 58th minute to expertly convert a penalty after it was adjudged that André Wallace was brought down in the box.
Cavalier would then miss two glorious opportunities to score a second and seal the win and the title.
Omar Stanley, coach of Mountain View who barely avoided relegation last season, is already looking forward to topping the league come next year.
"I am very satisfied with both the result and what we have done this season, so we definitely want to look to the top come next year," said Stanley.