Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
A competitive match is expected today when urban area champions Holy Family Primary meet rural area winners Irwin Primary in the first final of the Samsung Cup at the Stadium East starting at 3 p.m.
The match will be preceded by the third-place play-off between Quest Prep from Kingston and Corinaldi Primary of St James, starting at 1 p.m.
Both finalists advanced following 1-0 wins. In Kingston, Holy Family clipped Quest courtesy of a Justin Dunn goal. Over in Montego Bay, Irwin got their winning goal from Maliko Holness.
The Raphelita Banner-coached Holy Family are yet to be fully tested after easing past Sts Peter and Paul Prep 4-0 in the quarter-finals, then easing past St John's Primary 3-0 in the semi-finals.
On the other hand, the Andre Neil-coached Irwin beat Holland 4-3 in the quarter-finals before edging Howard Cooke 7-6 in a penalty shootout.
Both coaches have expressed confidence ahead of today's final.
"As long as my players stick to the game plan then we will win," said Neil. "I haven't had a chance to see Holy Family play, but my players are great listeners ... and they will execute the game plan."
Neil added that his team have been preparing mentally and physically for today's final because they are determined to become the champions.
"Winning the tournament will mean a lot to us because we will be richly blessed with this winning prize."
The leading players for Irwin are Holness, Kevon Cunningham, Justin Shaw and Andane Burnett.
Holy Family's Banner said her players are ready and raring to go.
CONFIDENT AND READY
"We are very confident and my players are ready for this final. It will mean a lot us if we should win it because I didn't know that we will reach this far in the competition. I think this will be a good Christmas gift for the school and our players because they have worked very hard to be here, she said.
Dunn is expected to receive valuable support from Delroy Jones, Charles Tate and Rojaughn Joseph.
Meanwhile, the sponsors of the competition have ensured that there will lots of fun and excitement on today's final day at the Stadium East.
There will be celebrities such as Gyptian, TOK, Munga, TV personalities Yendi Phillips, Neville 'Bertis' Bell, Dahlia Harris, Kamila McDonald-Alcock, as well as cheerleaders and a Samsung Experience Zone.