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Central Kingston shock Molynes

Published:Monday | May 9, 2016 | 5:00 AMLivingston Scott
Central Kingston’s Romario Davey (left) looks to control the ball as Zavian Williams of Molynes United approaches in the second semi-final of the KSAFA/JB Rum Major League football competition at Barbican Complex yesterday. Central Kingston won 3-1.

Underdogs Central Kingston created a massive upset in the KSAFA/JB Rum Major League semi-finals with a 3-1 win over favourites Molynes United yesterday at Barbican Complex.

They will meet the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in Friday's final after the soldiers turned back Duhaney Park 4-2 on penalties as the teams played to a 2-2 draw after regulation and extra time.

In the feature clash, Central jumped into the lead through Romario Davey after 49 minutes. Akeem Robotham made it 2-0 with a superb free-kick in the 68th minute. Molynes pulled back a goal at the 90th minute, but Arsenio Hamilton cooly dispatched a penalty kick to send his team into the final.

Central's coach, Vincent Watson, said they were always confident of victory over Molynes despite that team being unbeaten in 18 games this season.

NEVER BEATEN

"Molynes have never beaten us in anything. Every time they meet us, they get busted," he said. "(After going 2-0 up) I spoke to the players and told them to hold tight and do what we practised."

In the first game, the JDF took the lead when Marlon Ellis' direct free-kick eluded the entire Duhaney Park defence and goalkeeper after only seven minutes, but the Omar Williams-coached Duhaney Park drew level on 23 minutes when Tevoy Colespring nodded home from a corner.

The JDF retook the lead after the interval on a quick counter-attack when Henry Clarke scored, but Duhaney Park restored parity four minutes before the end and sent the game into extra-time when Jermaine Myers fired home from close range.

However, when extra-time failed to separate the teams, the JDF, who missed their first penalty kick, rallied to take the shoot-out 4-2.

JDF's coach, Mark Miller, said it was a tough game and credited the character and determination of his team.