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UWI are KSAFA Super League champions

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2015 | 4:00 AMRobert Bailey

The University of the West Indies (UWI) turned in a good second-half display to whip Real Mona 3-1 and capture the 2015 Jamaica National/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League title at the Barbican field yesterday.

Akeem Thenstead (17th), Andrae Bernal (55th) and substitute Mitch Wright (90th) were on target for the Marcel Gayle-coached UWI. Leonard Gooden scored for Real Mona in the 26th minute.

Gayle said he was delighted with his team's performance because they had to fight really hard.

"It is a very good feeling to win this trophy and so I must thank God for it," said Gayle. "It's a final and so it wasn't going to be easy. So, we came out very strongly and so credit must go to my team because we stuck to the task well."

David Laylor, coach of Real Mona, was a disappointed man.

"We had injuries and some of my players just didn't step up in this final," said Laylor. "You could see that there was a lot of nervousness and that threw off the rhythm of the team."

Thenstead gave UWI the lead when he ran onto a through pass inside the 18-yard box to fire home past goalkeeper Lloyd Tyme.

Gooden netted the equaliser for Real Mona when he rose above two defenders to head home past custodian Jabari Wallace nine minutes later.

Bernal restored UWI's lead ten minutes into the second stanza when he fired home from past Tyme.

The UWI have now advanced to the Jamaica Football Federation's Confederation four-team play-offs from which two teams will gain promotion to next season's Red Stripe Premier League.