Cavalier, August Town hunt Jackie Bell KO title
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
It will be a battle between two teams that are heading in opposite directions in local football, when Cavalier and August Town meet in the Claro Jackie Bell Knockout final at Waterhouse Mini Stadium today, starting at 6 p.m.
The match will be preceded by a 4 p.m. curtain-raiser between Entertainers and a Masters and Celebrities outfit.
Cavalier will be seeking promotion to the Premier League when the play-offs commence after winning this season's Super League.
August Town, meanwhile, currently find themselves second from bottom in the Premier League standings with only four set of matches remaining this season. The bottom two teams will be relegated from the Premier League to the Super League at the end of the season.
The match has further intrigue as August Town won the 2008/09 KSAFA Claro Super League title ahead of Cavalier by virtue of goal difference and went on to gain promotion to the Premier League.
However, Cavalier have not played competitively since February 27 and their player/coach, David Laylor, confessed that this might be a factor.
Nothing like the real thing
"That will always be a factor but we have been playing some practice games. We know there is nothing like the real thing because it sends a different adrenaline rush. However, I think we are good to go," said Laylor.
"We are looking to win this cup for the first time," he added. "We have been having a winning season and we want to keep winning."
August Town also had to overcome two fellow Premier League teams in search of their first hold on the Jackie Bell KO crown. They got by Arnett Gardens 3-0 on aggregate in their quarter-finals, after the first leg tie at Arnett ended nil-all. They went on to clip Boys' Town 1-0 in the semi-finals.
August Town's assistant coach, Dwight Morgan, believes that the fact that his team is playing in the Premier League will give them the advantage.
"We are going in the game tomorrow to win. We are playing in the Premier League, they are champions of the Super League so we are not taking them lightly," said Morgan.
"The fact that we are playing in the Premier League, I think that gives us an edge. We are looking to get this cup for the first time for the club," he added.