Maverley-Hughenden, Central Kingston win KSAFA JB Rum titles
Maverley-Hughenden FC and Central Kingston FC captured the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)-Charley's JB Rum Super and Major League titles, respectively, at the Constant Spring Sports Complex on Friday night.
In the opening game, Central Kingston edged Jamaica Defence Force FC 1-0, courtesy of a strike by Ronaldo Henry in the 53rd minute for the Major League crown, and in the Super League final, Maverley-Hughenden clipped Barbican 1-0 with a goal by Morais Somers in extra-time.
Central Kingston were the more purposeful team in the opener and got the winner when Henry tapped home early in the second half.
In the second game, it was very intense throughout and both teams were very organised in defence.
Barbican got the easier early chance, but their top striker, Gregg Taylor, missed with Maverley-Hughenden's goalkeeper Damian Campbell at his mercy early in the first half.
In extra time, substitute Locksley Thompson beat a defender down the left flank and crossed for Morais Somers to score and trigger wild celebrations from the massive Maverley-Hughenden support.
The victory saw Maverley-Hughenden qualifying for the Jamaica Football Federation Red Stripe Premier League play-offs as the KSAFA representative.
Captain of Maverley-Hughenden FC, Andrew Peddlar was overjoyed with the win.
"We fought hard throughout the game and deserved to win," Peddlar told The Sunday Gleaner.
'The game was intense, not a pretty one. We played without our coach (Lijasu Simms), who is away on personal business, but assistant coach (Hugh Blair) guided us through," he added.
"It is a joy to know that in our first season in the Super League, we won the mid-season title and league trophy. We have more work to do, as the Premier League play-offs are coming up," the central defender disclosed.
Peddlar had special praise for the fans who turned out and offered immense support to the team.
Maverley-Hughenden are guaranteed $300,000 for the win, while Barbican will receive $200,000.