Cavalier eye Premier League return - Speid's team serves warning by booting Waterhouse in Jackie Bell semis
AFTER being ousted from the Premier League last season, Cavalier continue to show they are ready for an immediate return, not only cruising into the Super League semis but advancing to the Jackie Bell knockout final with a 2-1 come-from-behind win against Premiership side Waterhouse at Constant Spring on Sunday.
Cavalier's opponents in the final will be Tivoli Gardens, who stopped Barbican 2-0 in the other semi-final.
Coach Rudolph Speid said Cavalier's eyes are on the Premier League after their four-season stint ended last season, adding that the progress has been satisfying.
"Going into the final, we are looking for the win but it is not our aim this season. We know were our eyes are looking. This is the first we are playing a Premier League team this season and we always try our best to lift our levels against teams of this quality," he told STAR Sports.
"My team is rebuilding but we are checking our progress all the time and I am satisfied. We were the dominant the team and we are getting better all the time," he added.
In the Super League, Cavalier's route to a Premier League return, they lead Zone A with 28 points and are assured of a semi-final spot. However, they face a formidable foe in securing the lone Premier League playoff spot - Zone B leaders and mid-season finalists, Brown's Town, who handed them their only defeat this season.
On Sunday, Cavalier were on top of their Premier League opponents for most of the first half and were unfortunate not to have gone ahead. Waterhouse were better in the second period but found it difficult to break down the Super League side. The game ended 0-0 at the end of regulation time.
Cavalier fell behind off Kemar Beckford's (114th) strike in the second half of extra-time, six minutes from time. However, captain Ryan Miller hauled them back into the contest with an immediate response, two minutes later, and St George's Manning Cup star Alex Marshal (119th) sealed the win when he converted his own penalty in the final minute.