MONTEGO BAY, St James - President of the Reggae Youths Football Club Gregory Daley has reacted with delight at the gesture by Premier League contenders Montego Bay United (MBU) to donate their winning purse of roughly $80,000 from the St James Football Association's Captain's Bakery and Grill Knock Out competition, to his team.
During Sunday's presentation ceremony following the finals that Montego Bay United won 3-0 over Reggae Youths, president of the winning team Orville Powell announced that they were donating the winning cheque to Reggae Youths.
Daley who is also the president of the St James Football Association told Observer West they were delighted with the gesture and would use it to help prepare for the Jamaica Football Federation's Flow Champions Cup Knock- out, set to start late March.
"We have to say a big thank you to Mr Powell and MBU for this great gesture," Daley told Observer West, "This will come in handy, as we prepare for the Flow Cup."
With Montego Bay United certain of a spot in the Flow Champions Cup on the basis of being a Premier League club, Reggae Youths who contest the Sandals/ATL Senior League qualified for the JFF Knock-out, as they were the highest finishing team behind MBU.
After eliminating Western Confederation Super League clubs Norwood Strikers and Granville United, both on penalty kicks, in the previous two rounds, Reggae Youths were brought back to earth against a well organised MBU team.
Reggae Youths failed to score in regulation in the last three games in the Knock-out as they held both Norwood Strikers and Granville 0-0 in regulation and extra-time, before winning in the penalty shoot out, and were blanked on Sunday.
Reggae Youths were competitive for the first 30 minutes of the game against MBU but coach Oscar Irving told Observer West afterwards that they failed to maintain the discipline, hence the loss.
More importantly however, Irving said, his young charges gained invaluable experience that will help them as they move on to the Flow Champions Cup where they could meet another Premier League team.
Leon Irving gave MBU the lead in the 39th minute when he powered the ball from the right flank just outside the penalty area into the far corner of the goal.
Two quick goals in the second half knocked the winds out of the sails of the Reggae Youths team, as
Omar Gordon danced his way past two defenders and goalkeeper Raion Bernard, to slot home into an unguarded goal in the 47th minute.
Two minutes later, Jermaine Woozencroft got their third goal when he finished off a brilliant three- man combination that tore open the Reggae Youths defence and Bernard had no chance to even attempt a save.