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Vere have nothing to fear - Wadadah coach

Published:Saturday | June 15, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer
Renior Elliott (left) of Vere FC battles with Downs FC’s Romario Witter during their JFF All-Island Confederation Play-Offs encounter at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on Sunday, June 3.
Renior Elliott (left) of Vere FC battles with Downs FC’s Romario Witter during their JFF All-Island Confederation Play-Offs encounter at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on Sunday, June 3.

Despite coming into touching distance of second place in the JFF All-Island Confederations Play-Offs, Wadadah coach, Daniel Ricketts, is convinced that Vere will be too good for Molynes when the teams meet in their crucial final-round game at the Wembley Centre of Excellence tomorrow.

Wadadah, who are three points off the runner-up spot, need Vere to lose – while they must also win – to have any chance of making it to the Red Stripe Premier League. But Ricketts insists that Vere are by far the best team in the play-offs and that he has no doubt that they will beat Molynes and secure the final of the two Premier League spots, with Molynes already qualified.

“Vere is much better than Molynes, so Vere have nothing to worry about,” he said. “In my book, Molynes can’t beat Vere. Vere is the only hard team I have met in this league, so I have backed Vere to qualify from early in the play-offs. Vere is way better than Molynes. Vere is the best team in the league. Molynes [are] not that good.

“We know we will do what we have to do. It is not in our hands, and at the end of the day, we will settle for whatever happens.”

Meanwhile, Vere coach Michael Bennett said his team is confident and raring to go as his players do not intend to let their eight months of hard work go up in smoke.

“We are confident that the players will carry it through,” Bennett said. “We know Molynes has a good team, but we are also counting on the fact that Molynes has (already) qualified and will not have much edge to their game.

“But they are a good team, with a good coach, and we respect them totally. But we need to get a point, so we know what we have to do to get there, and we are confident.

“We don’t have to rely on anybody; we have it in our hands. The 1th man will be in the stands, and our spectators are very robust. We haven’t lost at home for a long time, and the players are eager to get over the line. We are hoping that the football gods will smile on us and all the football we have played over the last eight months will culminate with us going to the Premier League,” he said.

In other games tomorrow, Wadadah play away to Downs at Downs Community Centre, while Faulkland entertain Lime Hall Jarrett Park. All games start at 3:30 p.m.