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UWI eye top-four spot

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 2:00 AMMarc Stamp
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Red Stripe Premier League new boys the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC are having a wonderful first season and have a top-four spot in sight.

UWI won the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League last season before gaining a spot to the nation's top league by advancing from the Jamaica Football Federation's play-offs.

After 25 games, UWI have surprised many by moving away from the relegation zone and are currently in fifth position in the 12-team league with 34 points, behind Montego Bay United (51), Arnett Gardens (49), Portmore United (46), and Humble Lion (36).

At the completion of the preliminary stage, the top four will battle for the title.

"We are still mathematically just a point from safety, we will take it from there and continue to accumulate points and see where it takes us," Marcel Gayle, coach of UWI told The Gleaner.

"We have conceded 34 goals, but the team has been scoring goals," Gayle pointed out. "We are going to pursue a spot in the semi-final," he said.

Looking ahead to the next fixture against Boys' Town at UWI Bowl next Sunday, Gayle said honours were even in the first two games.

"Well, the teams have shared a win apiece, so it will be crucial to come away with maximum points against Boys' Town," he shared.

"These guys are putting in the hard work and playing for each other, and that is key," Gayle reasoned. "We are not totally satisfied but grateful for what has happened," he said.