Youth brigade leading charge for Baca Star
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The once mighty Baca Star United in Trelawny are on the march again, drumming up a string of recent success in the various parish leagues, including their triumph in the Trelawny Wata Under-17 tournament.
That final was played on Sunday at the Elleston Wakeland Centre, in which they outscored the unlucky Village United 4-2 in a dramatic match, which had all the hallmarks of a classic.
Alex Williams, Shanor Brown, Shaquiel Jones and Zidane Francis all netted for the winners, while Shannarey Brown and Chadwayne Lewin scored for Village, who were seeking their first piece of silverware in over three years.
Cassman Williams, who is no stranger to Village, having coached the senior team in the Premier League and now head coach/manager at Baca Star FC, has found the magic touch with his new cast, telling The Gleaner, his battery of young players were the ones driving the club's success.
"Our success is because of the discipline that we instil in our players," said Williams. "We invest heavily in youth and it's actually paying off, as was evident in our play against Village in the U-17 final.
"That was a tough, tough game for us, but we stayed focused and disciplined, and in the end won the match and the title. These players continue to do the simple things and that's what the game needs, a basic understanding of what to do in the right situations. I am delighted with the win," added Williams.
Earlier in the season, the senior team, also coached by Williams, was edged out at the final hurdle in the Division One final against Upsetters FC, going down 1-2 on aggregate. In that team were seven youth players who featured in the U-17 final, including 15-year-old goalkeeper Adonija Scott, brothers Shanor and Shanarrey Brown, Theodore Hopwood, Nicoy Campbell and Cleon Myles.
"These are some of the players we are looking at getting us to the big times," added Williams. "They are really talented players, and with the right management and hard work, they will be the crux of our teams."
Already, they have success in young Charles Grant, who was called to the national Under-17 team and is now away in the Cayman Islands.
"Grant was our standout player last season in the Under-15s and he has impressed a whole lot. That is the future we see for these players, and at Baca Stars FC, that is what we want for them," Williams said.