Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer, Western Bureau
The sky is the limit this schoolboy football season according to William Knibb High School football coach Garfield Anderson, after guiding his team to a 5-4 triumph in the inaugural Mayor's Cup of Falmouth over Cedric Titus High last Thursday at the Trelawny stadium, to become its first holders.
"As a team, we are looking to first of all use what we have learnt in these preseason matches to bolster our confidence in what is sure to be a tough daCosta Cup season, so winning this trophy here is a real important thing for us," reasoned Anderson.
The contest was decided on penalties after the teams played out a 1-1 regulation time scoreline in the final, with William Knibb putting away Holland High 2-0 to advance to the title game of the four-team Mayor's Cup organised by Falmouth Mayor Garth Wilkinson and the University of Technology (UTech), who used the occasion to celebrate the opening of their western campus office.
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"The aim was to get everyone involved to celebrate the opening of UTech's office in Trelawny," said Leighton Gordon, the main organiser behind the inaugural Mayor's Cup.
"It was from this that we decided to invite four high schools from within the parish to contest. This we did in conjunction with Mayor Wilkinson," said Gordon.
William Knibb got the better of the visiting Ocho Rios High 2-1 to take their place in the final against Cedric Titus, and looked fluid at both ends of the field as they build up preparation for the daCosta Cup campaign.
National Women's Premier League outfit Trelawny Women defeated UTech Women 1-0 to win the female section of the celebratory tournament.
For Anderson, it was a fine gauge by which to measure his team's progress just ahead of next month's start to the schoolboy football season.
"I think we should do better than last year, where we lost a number of early second-round games and was knocked out of the daCosta Cup. This time, I am hoping that we can go a step or two better," Anderson said.