McAuley’s victory was set up by Rajae Taylor’s seventh minute goal, before going close on several occasions. Friendship, through talismanic captain Jadee Mitchell, had a couple chances too, but in the end McAuley ran out deserved champions. In the preceding presentation ceremony, Marlie Mount was named most disciplined team, while Mitchell copped the leading goalscorer award for his 11 goals. Taylor, who is head boy at McAuley, was most valuable player (MVP) of the final, with teammates Jahvay Marshall and Tiny Seaton taking the top goalkeeper and best female player prize respectively.
But St Catherine got a great chance to equalise when Planter was brought down inside the box, but Ellis placed his effort wide of the target. However, Brown made amends for all his profligacy earlier, when St Catherine received a free-kick outside the area and the midfielder curled a delicate shot past Ricardo Wright in the Eltham goal. In extra-time, St Catherine also came closest with Jevaughn Cole missing a sitter. Rudy Brian also found the net but was ruled offside, while Joel Simpson hit the post with a header late on. In the shootout, St Catherine netted all four kicks taken while Eltham failed to make it count with their fourth and fifth kicks. Eltham's assistant coach Grenville Holmes said the defeat was “heartbreaking” but they were pleased with the preparation it afforded them for the upcoming schoolboy football season. "It’s heartbreaking really. The fact that this idea is Eltham High School’s idea and to see we didn't win it hurts, but that's football. But it was a great tournament and hats off to INSPORTS," he said. St Catherine receive the Challenge Cup trophy and $100.000.00. Eltham took home $50.000. The eight participating teams also received $30.000.00 each. Meanwhile Dinthill finished the eight-team pilot pre-season tournament third after blanking fellow daCosta outfit and neighbours Bog Walk 2-0. Antonio Roberts, who copped the golden boot award with six goals, scored both goals in the 23rd and 30th minutes. Organised by state agency, the Institute of Sports, The INSPORTS Challenge Cup is a pilot preseason schoolboy football tournament held in parish of St Catherine involving eight teams.
School principal Calvin Harris was delighted by the performance of his students, telling Old Harbour News that the entire school is very proud of the team. As per FIFA regulations girls are allowed to participate with boys in football competition at this age-group. But the organizers went a step further by making it mandatory for every participating team to have at least one girl on the field of play at all times. This is necessary, says Walker-Brown, as it represents the foundation of women’s football. “This is how you get the girls involved at a very young age,” she said. “By the time they get 15, 16 years old their skill sets would be at the desired level, which makes it easier for the national coaches.”
Old Harbour looked dead and buried coming out for the final quarter and despite a slightly improved showing, Knollis ran out deserved winners, joining Friendship, Church Road and Spartans in January 17 semi-finals. In the earlier matches, Friendship defeated Fraziers Content 24-21; Church Road scored a hard fought 22-20 win over 3West, while Spartans outclassed Tryall 31-18. Click here to view highlights from the Old Harbour versus Knollis game on our YouTube channel. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK