St Bess target historic RSPL spot
Lynval 'Palla' Wilson, coach of high-riding St Bess, said that his team remains on course to be St Elizabeth's first representative in the Red Stripe Premier League, as they are in the final of the South Central Confederation Super League final.
St Bess defeated Vere (formerly Jamalco) 6-3 in dramatic fashion last Sunday at St Elizabeth High School. The winners won 7-4 on aggregate, following a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Jamalco Sports Club.
In the decisive second leg, Vere led 2-0 and 3-2 at the break, but St Bess fought and scored four times in the second half of the game.
Wilson said at the start of the season, it was always the aim for him to have a one shot to the nation's top flight league.
"It is a good feeling to know that we are in the final and one step away from a spot in the premier league play-off. We always wanted to be here and take it step by step," Wilson told The Gleaner.
"When I came to the team last year, it was my aim to give a one shot to the Red Stripe Premier League. Now, we are still on course," he explained.
"Everybody attached to the team are expecting to be in the Premier League next season. The supporters came out last Sunday and stuck with the team, even when we were 2-0 down. We put on a good show and most of the people believe we can make it," Wilson said.
I want to say special big up to the president (Kingsley Wright) for sharing the vision. I want to commend him for the dream and the commitment. The players are highly charged by the big come-from behind win
The team is originally from Lacovia, but we have a camp in Santa Cruz where players from all over the parish assemble.
St Bess will battle with Dunbeholden of St Catherine on Saturday May 6 for a place in the play off series.