Howard Cooke Primary to face Quest Prep in Samsung Cup grand final
CATHERINE HALL, St James — HOWARD Cooke Primary of St James will seek to be the first rural school to win the all-island Samsung Cup football title on Saturday when they take on Urban Area champions Quest Prep at the UTech playfield.
Howard Cooke Primary earned the right after winning the Montego Bay leg of the competition on Saturday, beating Fullerswood Primary of St Elizabeth 5-1 in the final played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall.
Fullerswood Primary will meet Urban Area runners-up Mona Prep in the third place play-off that will be played prior to the final.
Howard Cooke will be seeking to go one step further than last year's Montego Bay champions Irwin Primary which lost in the all-island final.
On Saturday, Johann Fraser was named MVP of the Montego Bay final after he scored two hat-tricks, one in the final after scoring another in his school's semi-final win over Irwin Primary.
Howard Cooke scored 12 goals and conceded just two in their three games played on Saturday, dominating the competition.
In the rain-affected final, the Montego Bay- based school led 2-0 at half-time and extended their lead to 5-0 before Fullerswood were able to get one back, almost at full time in the 30- minute game.
Fraser gave them the lead after 12 minutes and Alex Forbes made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.
Prince Christie who towered over all the players on the field made it 3-0 in the 17th minute, before Fraser scored two more in the 22nd and 30th to complete his second hat-trick of the day.
Maxwell Robinson scored directly from a free kick in the 29th minute to get the St Elizabeth school on the score sheet.
Both finalists from last year went out in the semi-finals as Howard Cooke beat last year's winners Irwin Primary 5-0, while Fullerswood beat runners-up Corinaldi Avenue 5-4 on penalties, after they drew 2-2 after regulation and extra time.
Earlier in the quarter-finals, Howard Cooke eliminated neighbours Catherine Hall Primary 2-1 and Irwin Primary beat Montego Bay Prep 5-0 in one group.
In the other group, Fullerswood beat Clarks Town Primary 4-3, while Corinaldi Avenue beat