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A point will be enough for Maverley-Hughenden

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2016 | 6:00 AMMarc Stamp
Omari Edwards (left) of Maverley FC getting away from Matthew Davidson of Jamalco during a recent Red Stripe Premier League football play-off game at Maverley. Jamalco won 1-0.

Maverley/Hughenden FC will be looking to cement a spot in next season's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) when they face Jamalco FC in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)-Charley's JB Rum play-off ultimate round at Wembley Centre of Excellence playing field in Clarendon today starting at 3:30 p.m.

In the other game of the day, Brazil FC tackle Granville United FC at Drax Hall, St Ann, also starting at 3:30 p.m.

The feature game will see Maverley-Hughenden in need of only a point in order to secure the second spot in the RSPL 2016-17 season. Jamalco secured the first spot two weeks ago.

After five sets of games each, Jamalco lead the four-team play-off on maximum 15 points, ahead of Maverley-Hughenden on eight points, followed by Brazil (5) and Granville United, who are without a point and out of contention.

Maverley-Hughenden are in pole position to qualify for the RSPL. They lead Brazil by three points and can only be denied by losing to Jamalco and Brazil gaining a handsome win over Granville.

 

SUPERIOR GOAL DIFFERENCE

 

As it stands, Maverley/-Hughenden have a superior goal difference when compared to Brazil. However, the St Ann-based Brazil are playing the weakest team in the play-offs and must fancy their chances of winning at home.

With that scenario, head coach of Maverley-Hughenden Lijyasu Simms says his team will hunt victory.

"Well, we have to go for three points. We are going there to play. We are an attacking team, so the intention is not to defend. However, the aim and focus is to qualify for the Premier League," Simms told The Sunday Gleaner.

"We are creating chances, but not scoring. There is a good vibe in the camp, so we will go there and come away as a Premier League club," the confident coach said.

Maverley-Hughenden will pin their hopes on players such as captain Andrew Peddlar, Phillip Peddie, Wayne Williams, Locksley Thompson and Rohan Williams.

On the other hand, although Jamalco have already secured a spot, they will look to maintain winning form.

Rayon Johnson, head coach of Jamalco, will rely on Andrew Isaacs, Renior Elliott and Clarendon College schoolboy star Greggton Charlton.

In the other game, Brazil will be hoping that Jamalco do them a big favour as they are favourites to beat the pointless Granville.

 

Points standing

 

P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Jamalco 5 5 0 0 8 1 7 15

Mav-Hugh 5 2 2 1 3 2 1 8

Brazil 5 1 2 2 4 5 -1 5

Granville 5 0 0 5 1 8 -7 0