Chase crowned Milo Football champs for third straight time
By Treiston Joseph
Chase Academy footballers created their own bit of history by pulling off a three-peat in the Milo Schools Football tournament on Sunday evening at the Ministry of Education ground, a feat that is not as easy as they make it seem.
Chase had to go to penalties after a 1-1 result with Morgan Learning Centre, and finished with a 3-2 win in the shootout. It was fast pace action in the first half and Morgan stunned Chase early in the match with a goal from Chris Macey in the 15th minute.
However, Chase being the champions they are held their nerve and replied with a goal from Shamar Smith in the 26th minute. The remainder of the game played out as a stalemate with both Chase and Morgan having threatening chances of going ahead, but as history unfolded Chase pulled of the win to create history.
Captain of Chase Academy, Jeremy Garrett, talked about the nervous moments of the penalty shootout and the win.
“I must say congratulation to the guys, but what it came down to was fitness and we were the fitter team and were able to come out victorious… of course penalties are nervous moments, but the guys that took those penalties were doing it in practice and I must say our keeper was great in saving two shots,” Garrett mentioned.
Chase’s custodian, Sese Melville bragged about his ability, “I’m the best keeper, there is no keeper that can stand up with me and I knew once it got down to that (penalties) we would win… I wanted the clean sheet but I did what I had to do in the penalties,” Melville stated.
Founder of Chase Academy, Henry Chase, highlighted the reason behind the continued success of the school that has turned into a football dynasty.
“Everything, the vision for this team, the success, is because of God and we were confident ahead of this, what we did tonight is historic and it’s a lot of hard work and I will tell the schools and the lessons if you want success then prepare a budget of 2.5 or three million dollars and you will see success like Chase,” Henry noted.
Meanwhile Masters Academy topped Sir Leon Lessons 5-1 for third place. Calvin Peters had a hat-trick for Masters in the fourth, 75th and 88th minutes, while Tyronne Khan produced a double in the 73rd and 81st minutes.
Marketing Manager of Beepats, Renita Sital, while not confirming sponsorship for next year, did admit that the product will align itself to events such as the Milo Football.