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Brazil into RSPL playoffs

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott

Brazil of St Ann defeated St Georges of Portland 4-3 on penalties to win the Charley's JB Rum Eastern Confederation Super League football title, this after battling to a 1-1 scoreline in regulation and extra-time in the final at Drax Hall on Sunday.

Brazil joins KSAFA's Maverley/Hughenden, Western Confederation's Granville and the South Central Confederation's Jamalco in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) play-offs, which begin on Sunday. The top two will qualify for next season's RSPL.

St George's jumped in front right after the half-time break when Tyrone Brown scored for the Carl Brissett-coached team. But the Portland team was reduced to 10 men shortly after, when Oneil Brown was ejected for violent conduct.

By the 57th minute, Brazil were right back in it when Andre Reid fired home a free kick for the equaliser.

"Brazil is the stronger and the better team, and we have more fighting spirit," said their head coach, David Galloway.

"It was a tense moment, but we knew that once we got to penalties, Brazil would win because we have the better kickers and the better goalkeeper. We missed one penalty, but we knew we would bounce back and come out victorious," he added.

St Georges' team manager, Cedric Ormsby, thought his team had a bad day.

"It just wasn't our day in terms of the matchup between us and Brazil. We are a far better team, but it was just a bad day, and bad days come in any sport. But we are very disappointed," he stated.