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Maverley-Hughenden, Jamalco in big clash

Published:Sunday | May 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp

Jamalco FC and Maverley-Hughenden FC will face off in a top clash in the Jamaica Football Federation-Charley's J B Rum Premier League play-offs today at Maverley Complex, starting at 3:30 p.m.

In the other game, Granville FC welcome Brazil FC in an interesting encounter at Granville United FC, starting also at 3:30 p.m.

With the first-round games to be completed, the teams will be hunting points in order to improve in the four-team play-offs.

Jamalco lead the way on six points from two games, followed by Maverley-Hughenden (four), Brazil (one) and Granville United - without a point.

Rayon Johnson, head coach of Jamalco, said that the game is crucial.


Historic berth


"We want to win against Maverley-Hughenden to move further ahead. If we win, it would be three straight and that would push us closer to a historic berth in next season's Red Stripe Premier League. We don't know much about Maverley, but the plan is to shut down the key players."

Jamalco's main players include captain Erron Brown and Andrew Isaacs.

On the other hand, Maverley-Hughenden are fully aware that they need to win at home to maintain a good chance of qualifying.

"This is a very important game for us. In the game at home to Brazil, we gave up a late goal as the team lost focus. Now, the intent is to get our first win at home in the play-offs and go on top with seven points," head coach of Maverley-Hughenden FC Lijyasu Simms told The Sunday Gleaner.

Maverley-Hughenden will rely on captain Andrew Peddlar, Wayne Williams, Rohan Williams and veterans Kasai Hinds, Locksley Thompson and Roberto Fletcher for victory.

In the other game, Granville and Brazil will be hunting full points in order to stay in contention for the two spots to the Premier League next season.