Rivers clash! ... Westmoreland FA Major League final marred by violence
The Captain's Bakery and Grill/Charley's JB Rum sponsored Westmoreland FA Major League final between Three Miles River FC, and Roaring River FC played at the Llandilo Sports Complex on Thursday had it all. There were goals, three red cards, two yellow cards and fights between players and spectators that resulted in the cancellation of the trophy presentation.
Westmoreland FA boss Everton Tomlinson, has since pleaded to the Westmoreland business community to assist in getting the facility fenced and the playing area secured.
"Today (Thursday) began with such a lovely feel for a beautiful final between these two teams, who were clearly passionate about the chance to represent the parish in the Western Confederation Super League," Tomlinson said.
"In the end, indiscipline and the cane piece mentality of some fans turned what was to be a celebration of our football into a nightmare for other spectators and sponsors. This is atrocious!?," added Tomlinson.
Up the point where the fracas broke out first between players, it was an interesting final, with Roaring River looking the team more likely to score, although Three Miles River FC did have their moments in the first half.
By the second half, however, the tide had turned and Three Miles River held sway and took the lead in the 49th minute when Chevan Morris scored.
Davane Gardner doubled the lead for Three Miles River in the 89th minute of play and all hell then broke loose. Players were issued red cards and the action spilled over into the crowd, as bottles and stones rained on players and fans.
"This is one of the darkest days of football in this parish. We pride ourselves on being disciplined in this league but some will have no part of it. Therefore, we will meet as an association to decide what action will be taken against the clubs and their supporters for this debacle," Tomlinson said.
He said the business community have a direct responsibility to help socialise and educate the people of the parish and that their contribution by way of funds in the construction of the facility will be greatly appreciated, while adding to the security of patrons and residents alike. It will cost the Westmoreland FA a further US$40 million to complete the facility inclusive of a perimeter wall.
The complex currently houses the association's office and a multi-purpose court for netball and basketball.
Meanwhile, the result lifts Three Miles River FC into the Western Confederation Super League, joining two other Westmoreland Clubs - Sandals Whitehouse FC and Beaches Negril FC.