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Women battle for midseason final spots

Published:Wednesday | August 31, 2016 | 8:00 AMMarc Stamp
Barbican's captain Alicia James (second right) and her teammatescelebrate winning the Sherwin Williams-JFF Women's League Trophy in 2013.

The battles for spots in the mid-season final of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Sports Development Foundation (SDF) Women's League will intensify today with two key games.

In a Zone A top clash, defending champions Barbican FC are expected to face a stern test from Los Perfectos at the Barbican Complex. And, in the Zone B top-of-the-table battle, G.C. Foster College FC host Waterhouse at G.C. Foster College in St Catherine. The games are set to kick-off at 3:30 p.m.

Barbican are on top in Zone A with maximum nine points from three games, while Los Perfectos come next with seven points, also from three games, as the main contenders for a place in the midseason final.

The other teams in the Zone A are UWI Women (four), Olympic Gardens (three) and Trelawny Women, who are yet to get a point.

In Zone B, Waterhouse FC and G.C. Foster College are locked on 12 points apiece. However, Waterhouse lead by a superior goal difference, having scored 59 goals, with only two against, in four games, for a healthy goal difference of plus-57. G.C. Foster scored 28 goals with three against, also in four games, for a plus-25 goal difference.

 

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The other teams in the zone are out of contention for the midseason final. They are St Ann Women, in third place on four points, and Real MoBay FC, also with four points, in fourth place, followed by Central Lynx FC with three points and Rangers FC, who are winless at the bottom without a point.

Charles Edwards, coach of many-time champions Barbican, is bracing for a tough contest against Los Perfectos of Manchester.

"It's going to be an interesting game as we should get the stiffest challenge from Los P. I think they are pumped up to play us," Edwards told The Gleaner.

"We will play a high-pressure game. We will play for 90 minutes, so they will have to keep up with our players," he added.

Barbican will be led by veteran Alicia 'One Left' James, with support expected from Kenesha Reid, Rochelle Bryan and Tasheka Small.

Los Perfectos are fired up to beat Barbican today.

"It is a game that we must win in order to make the final," said Fitzroy Chedda, the team's manager.

"Barbican are the reigning champions. However, we are going there with just one aim, that is to beat Barbican," Chedda strongly stated.

Los P have put together a strong squad, including national players Shakera Duncan, Christina Murray, Venecia 'String Bean' Reid, captain Sashalee Cooper and Tanisha Vassell.

In the other critical game for the other spot in the midseason final, Waterhouse must avoid defeat in order to advance.

The midseason final is scheduled for Saturday at a venue to be determined by the JFF Competition's Committee. The winner will walk away with cash incentive worth $120,000 and bragging rights, while the beaten team is guaranteed $100,000.