Challengers, Copperwood to contest Western Masters League finals

June 25, 2019
Orville Christie (left) of Salt Spring Masters shoots at goal ahead of Challengers Masters defender Patrick Clarke in the semi-finals of the Michael/Keith Thorpe Western Masters League, played on Sunday at the UDC playing field in Montego Bay.

Defending champions Challengers will go in search of their third straight Michael-Keith Thorpe Western Masters League Football title when they take on Copperwood Masters next Sunday, at the UDC field.

This, after both teams successfully advanced from their semi-finals last Sunday.

In the semi-final, also played at the UDC playing field, Challengers defeated Pitfour Masters 1-0, through a 70th-minute strike from Philmore Thompson.

In the other match at the Herbert Morrison Technical High School field, Copperwood Masters came from behind to book their ticket to the final with a 2-1 victory.

Phillip McDonald gave Violet Tourers the lead in the 10th minute but Copperwood answered with goals in the 55th and 60th minutes from Sheldon Wright and Larona Tulloch.

Ricky Warburton, manager of Challengers, said they are confident they can make it three titles in a row as his team is committed and ready for the finals.

“We know they are going to come at us but we already have our game plans and are prepared to fight. We always take it one game at a time; we don’t just come out and say we are going to beat any teams. So that’s why we always come out victorious. We are looking forward to the finals,” Warburton said. “To be honest, over the years we have a set of players that commit and dedicate themselves to Challengers. That’s what makes us so successful over the past three years.”

Ronald Mitchell, manager of Copperwood Masters, said despite the dominance of Challengers recently, they are prepared to end their winning streak.

“Our guys have been playing very well throughout the season. We know Challengers is a quality team so we are going out there to play a hundred per cent, and, hopefully, that will give us the title,” Mitchell said. “Definitely, the win over Violet Tourers will boost our confidence. The guys are upbeat right now, trust me that semi-final did a lot for them. They are looking and are prepared to go out there for that title.”

The final is set for a 4 p.m. kick-off. Copperwood will be looking to reverse the result in the 2016/2017 final when they were dethroned by Challengers.

– K.A.

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