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Real Mona, UWI square off

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp

Real Mona FC and University of the West Indies (UWI) will clash in the final of the Jamaica National (JN)/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League, at the Barbican Complex today. Kick-off time is 3 p.m.

In addition to the winning trophy, the winners will also earn the chance to represent the Confederation in the Jamaica Football Federation play-off next month.

With that at stake, both teams are coming all out to win the game. The winners must be determined today. Extra-time and, if necessary, penalty kicks will be employed.

The 2014-15 Super League champions will pocket $140,000, while the beaten finalists are guaranteed $100,000. The third and fourth placed teams will receive $85,000 and $70,000 respectively.

UWI will enter the final having beaten Real Mona twice during the preliminary round.

"It would be a historic occasion if we make it to the premier league. This is a very important game for the club," David Laylor, coach of Real Mona, told The Gleaner yesterday.

"We lost twice to UWI, so the players really want to win this one and avenge those earlier defeats."

Real Mona will look to Leonard Gordon who scored the winning goal against Rockfort in the semi-final game last week as well as St George's College schoolboy star Shevon Stewart to turn the tables on UWI.

On the other hand, Marcel Gayle, coach of UWI, believes that his team's depth could make the difference today.

"Last week we played our leading striker Mitch Wright from the bench in a tactical move. We will again make plans for this match," Gayle said.

"We know that it is a big game and the guys are ready for the challenge," he said.

Wright apart, UWI will look to Akeem Thenstead who scored in the 1-0 semi-final win against Brown's Town a week ago and Andre Bernal.