Faulkland outclass Wadadah for first Super League win
Faulkland SC secured their first-ever victory in the Western Confederation Super League, outclassing Wadadah FC 4-1 in an early game of a double-header at Jarrett Park on Saturday.
Goals were at a premium during first-half action with the teams each scoring before the break, but the floodgates were flung open for the Kenneth Watson-coached team, resulting in them easing to the lopsided win in only their second game of the season.
Wadadah, said to be in transition, fielded several high-school players, and it proved a strategically sound move in the 18th minute, when Michael McLeod struck for a 1-0 lead.
Midfielder Neil Clarke then found the equaliser in the 34th minute for Faulkland and the game was effectively won from there onward.
Husana Johnson (76th), Dane Franklyn (87th- minute penalty kick) and a Deshane Beckford superb strike in time added on after 90 minutes completed the come-back victory.
Gregory Palmer, Faulkland's team manager, said his team looked good while getting the win and that they have the potential to become a special team in their debut season.
"This squad is a very young one....We have these players now for several years coming through the St James league, and now we are here testing our wits against the more traditional clubs," said Palmer.
"This is a great win; coming from a goal down to win 4-1 is a good sign. We will take that any day," Palmer said.
The win was all that more special, having lost 0-1 to Sandals South Coast earlier. in that match, they had several opportunities to score but failed to convert, and Palmer said they worked on that aspect in training.
"We did the hard work in training and it paid off in a real way for us. It's a good start to the season and we hope to keep it going," he said.
Wadadah grabbed the lead in spectacular fashion, as McLeod's acrobatic volley flew into the net. However, they never threatened the Faulkland goal thereafter.
"Losing 4-1 can never be to our liking. It's a learning curve for many of our players. It is early days, but our intention is really to give some experience to our young players," said Donovan Ricketts, the Wadadah coach.
Faulkland move to three points in the standings, while Wadadah remained on one point, courtesy of one draw and the loss.