Cavalier back in Premier League

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer

Monday, June 04, 2012

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Following three consecutive years of being on the threshold of returning to the Premier League, Cavalier are finally there.

And so too are Savannah FC of Westmoreland, who stopped Volvo 1-0 courtesy of Segree Murray's 78th minute strike in their game at Drax Hall.

The David Laylor-coached Cavalier booked their Premier League spot after blanking New Green 2-0 in the JFF All Island Confederation Play-offs with goals from Troyland Williams (25th) and second-half substitute Chevonne 'Messi' Marsh (78th) at Collie Smith Drive yesterday.

Cavalier entered the game in a very strong position on nine points after they were awarded full points in their disputed match with Volvo, who it turned out had used an ineligible player. The victory therefore placed them on maximum 12 points from four games, with Savannah moving to nine points from four games, and the others — New Green and Volvo — on one point each.

The Andre Swaby-coached New Green from Manchester had to work magic with a victory to get back on track, but sadly, they never looked the part and although Cavalier were appalling, the match could not have gone any other way than with victory to the hosts.

At the very end of the game it almost took an ugly turn after referee Lewin Purser mistakenly awarded a penalty to Cavalier. The move was, however, rightly rescinded after some hesitation by the referee and further consultation with his assistant referee Terrence McKenzie. During the melee midfielder Tyrone Chambers was red-carded by Purser for aggressive behaviour.

"It was not the most attractive game to watch," coach Laylor admitted. "But," he continued, "the result was significant. It came as just reward for some hard work put in by everyone to get the team back to the Premier League after missing out in three consecutive finals — 2009, 2010 and 2011."

Now in the Premier League, Laylor was asked what plans are afoot to bring Cavalier in line with Premier League standard: "We have capable persons in the executive that are dealing with that aspect the team's upgrading. In matters of financing and other areas of importance they have been touching base with a number of persons and have had favourable responses from them," Laylor pointed out.

He ended by saying: "I must thank God for bringing us this far without any serious injuries and how well I feel for being back in the Premier League."

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