Holy Family, Irwin in LIME/INSPORTS showdown
KINGSTON champions Holy Family and St James' winners Irwin will meet in the final of the LIME/INSPORTS All-Island Primary Schools Football Championships this afternoon at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay, beginning at 2:00.
A new champion will be crowned as last year's winners were knocked out in the preliminary round. Irwin will enter the final undefeated, while Holy Family lost only once, against Clan Carthy in the preliminary round.
Holy Family reached the final after their 1-0 win over St Thomas champions Yallahs Primary in the semi-final last Tuesday at the Social Development Commission (SDC) field in St Thomas.
Irwin emerged with a similar 1-0 win over Holland of St Elizabeth last Friday at West Green in Catherine Hall, St James.
Holy Family are coached by Christopher Richardson and Irwin by Andre Neil.
"It's great to reach a final and I'm going out there to win," said Richardson, adding that whether or not he wins, he will be grateful.
"I'm looking forward for a good game against Irwin. Once you reach the final you must be a quality team to have gone through many rounds and reach thus far," Richardson added.
Much will be expected from Holy Family's leading goalscorer Horace Ramsay, along with Romaine Bower, Trevor Tingling, Rojay Dawkins and Rojaughn Joseph.
Neil, meanwhile, said it's the first time the team is playing in the LIME/INSPORTS competition as they did not enter last year.
"The only way success comes is that you have hard work to get it," he said.
"I know nothing about Holy Family as they have the experience by having reached the semi-finals last year. The players, however, will be humble and put in the hard work they have been doing for the entire season and we're going to be successful...," Neil said.
The Irwin coach will look to leading goal-scorers Omar Brown with eight goals, captain Jahaina Rose with seven and Calwayne Allen and Nicholas Pusey with four apiece.
Holland and Yallahs will contest the third-place play-off at 11:00 at the venue.