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Top four hunt KSAFA Super League crown

Published:Friday | April 29, 2016 | 4:00 AMMarc Stamp
Kasai Hinds of Maverley-Hughenden.

Maverley-Hughenden and Rockfort will meet in the feature match of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)-JB Charley's Rum Super League semi-finals tonight at 8:30 at the Constant Spring Complex.

In the opening match of the semi-final double-header, Barbican will oppose Brown's Town at 6:30 p.m.

The top four teams are hunting both the league title and a chance to represent the KSAFA Confederation in the play-off for a spot in next seasons's Red Stripe Premier League.

Maverley-Hughenden were very impressive in the preliminary stage by winning 12 of 16 games. They defeated Rockfort 4-2 in the first game of the season.

The Maverley-Hughenden camp will be without head coach Lijaysu Simms, who is abroad. Assistant coach Hugh Blair will be in charge for the crucial encounter.

Captain of Maverley-Hughenden Andrew Peddlar says that his team is well prepared and ready for battle.

"Right now, we are well focused. We have no fear," Peddlar boldly declared ahead of the last four clash.

"We are 100 per cent ready for Rockfort as the plan is to win the Super League and qualify for the national league play-off. The coach is away, but 'Bingy' (Blair) is here and we will carry out the plan," he added.

Maverley-Hughenden will rely on Peddlar in the central defence position, veteran Kasai Hinds, the competition's leading goalscorer Phillip Peddie, Andrew White, Odayne Burgher, Morias Somers, Omari Edwards and Wayne Williams.

On the other hand, Rockfort are also oozing confidence.

"We are very confident. We played them in the first game and lost, but that was a long time ago, and our team has improved. We beat them in the Major League semi-finals two years ago, so we know that we can repeat that," president of Rockfort Dwayne Dillon told The Gleaner yesterday.

Rockfort will rely on captain Calvin Campbell, Chevon Williams, Sheldon Green, Jermaine Freckleton and Twain Winter.

In the opening semi-final game, Barbican and Brown's Town should have a highly competitive affair.

In the teams' first meeting this season, Barbican won 2-0 and hold the psychological advantage heading into the semi-final.

Barbican, under the guidance of head coach Mark Sutherland, are seeking to win the Super League for the second time in three seasons.

Their key players include Akino Bailey, Keino Simpson, Jadian Redwood, Jermaine Parris, Nicholas Smith and Greg Taylor.

Meanwhile, Brown's Town, now under the guidance of coach Keon Broderick, will rely on Robert Coley, Kamali Coburn, Joshua McNaughton, Mikhail George, and Derron Beckford for victory.