Jamalco qualify for Premier League
Jamalco Football Club secured their historic berth in next season's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with two round of matches to go, after beating Brazil 1-0 in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Charley's JB Rum Premier League play-off at Wembley Centre of Excellence yesterday.
The Clarendon team has made it to the Premier League for the very first time.
Andrew Issacs netted the game's only goal after 10 minutes to hand Jamalco their fourth consecutive win, in as many matches.
They now sit atop the standings with maximum 12 points, five more than Maverley/Hughenden, who defeated Granville 1-0 at Maverley Park to move to seven points.
Brazil are third with four points, while Granville are still at the bottom of the table without a point following their fourth consecutive loss.
Jamalco's coach, Rayon Johnson, said everyone associated with the club is overjoyed.
"It is a great joy for us to make it to the Premier League this season. Everyone is happy for it," he told The Gleaner, adding that they are aiming to win their two remaining games.
At Maverley Complex, substitute Paul Stewart scored with his second touch in the 75th minute to give the home team the win.
Maverley-Hughenden controlled the majority of the contest and despite creating numerous chances they were unable to capitalise, until Stewart's late heroics.
Locksley Thompson, also a sub, played a delicate through pass to Stewart, who had just entered the field and the young forward applied a composed finish to send to home crowd into jubilation.
"At half time, I told them to be patient and we brought on some fresh legs and it paid dividends," said Lijyasu Simms, Maverley/Hughenden's coach.
Granville are now out of contention.
"We played well up until the goal scored," said the MoBay team's coach, Tracey Reid. "This team has given us victories, but no matter how we fight we always come out on the losing end."