Barbican shocker! - Charlie Smith schoolboy scores to put promoted Premier League team in final against Waterhouse
Barbican FC and Waterhouse FC will contest the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Jackie Bell Knockout competition's football final following victories over Harbour View and Boys' Town, respectively, at Waterhouse Stadium in Drewsland yesterday.
Surprise team Barbican continued their recent good form against Harbour View, with a shock 2-0 win over the more-fancied east Kingston outfit in the first of the semi-final double-header.
Lennox Russell netted in the 60th minute, and Charlie Smith High's schoolboy star, Bebeto McDonald (88th), sealed the deal for Barbican.
Following a win against their opponents in the Red Stripe Premier League two weeks ago, Barbican showed it was no fluke. Barbican, since taking orders from Marvin Tate, looked the more organised team.
They controlled midfield through Andrew Christie, Dean Phillips and Keno Simpson. However, there was no clear-cut chance.
Barbican stepped up the tempo in the second half and went ahead courtesy of a neat finish by Russell, who beat Harbour View's goalkeeper, Levor Williams.
Harbour View introduced midfield maestro Jermaine Hue, but the former national senior representative looked match-rusty, in his first game back from suspension by the Jamaica Football Federation.
McDonald, who had replaced another schoolboy, Shaquille Lewis, benefited from a 'gift' by the Harbour View custodian and slotted into an unprotected goal.
Tate was satisfied with his team's performance after moving into the final.
"It looks easy; our players have been training hard and were very disciplined in the game today. It was a professional approach from the players," Tate told The Gleaner.
"We have developed a new philosophy, and the organisation of the team is better. We made some adjustments in midfield by bringing in Andrew Christie from Portmore, and he is leading the team well," the coach also said.
On the other hand, Harbour View's coach, Andrew Hines, was disappointed with his team's poor performance.
"It is a disappointing result. We just did not show up. Barbican did their best and got the desired result. Congrats to Barbican," Hines said.
Meanwhile, in the late game of the double-header, Waterhouse won 3-0 courtesy of goals by Romario 'Rum Rum' Campbell in the 64th minute, veteran striker Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson (66th) and Juvaune Benjamin (80th).
Boys' Town suffered a setback when defender Hugh Evans was red-carded by referee Courtney Campbell in the 13th minute for pulling down Waterhouse's Hughan Gray.