Rae Town take aim at top spot
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
Rae Town will have the perfect opportunity to acquire the lead in the Claro/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League when they host out-of-contention Barbican at Breezy Castle in today's feature match, starting at 3 p.m.
The league had taken a break last week as referees appointed to the league participated in a seminar. The resumption of the league will see league leaders Cavalier (40) and fourth-place Mountain View (31) being out of action, as Cavalier will tomorrow contest the semi-final of the Claro/Jackie Bell Knockout, where they will go up against defending champions Tivoli Gardens.
When Rae Town and Barbican met in the first round, Rae Town came away 2-1 winners with James Durrant scoring both of their goals, while Kitwana Lawrence got Barbican's consolation.
Rae Town are the league's most offensive team, having scored 38 goals and they also have the league's leading marksman, Damion Jackson, who has netted 15 of those goals. They secured a 3-1 victory over Meadhaven United in their last league match.
Michael Francis, coach of Rae Town, is looking forward to assuming the lead.
Francis said: "We are really looking forward to taking the lead and try and do our best from there to maintain it when we get in front. This is a glorious opportunity for us to be mentioned as the leaders of the Super League 2009/10 season, but I am expecting a really keenly contested game from Barbican."
Barbican have managed only 16 goals, with Ricardo Haughton-Higgins and Dasean Meek leading the way with four goals each.
The team lies eighth in the standings on 19 and are coming off a disappointing league result, after being beaten 2-0 by 11th-place Mead-haven United (9 pts). The win was Meadhaven's first of the season.
Alrick Clarke, coach of Barbican, says his team will be looking for all three points.
"They (Rae Town) already defeated us in the first round and we are going hard for a win because we are not yet out of the woods as far as relegation is concerned," said Clarke. "We are going to play our normal, strong game and hope that the forwards will come good this time around."
Cavalier lead the standings with 40 points, followed by Rae Town (38), Santos (34), Mountain View (31), JDF (28), Constant Spring (24), Real Mona (21), Barbican (19), Duhaney Park (16), Bull Bay (15), Meadhaven United (nine) and Maverley-Hughenden (four).
Real Mona vs Duhaney Park at Buttercup Park
Rae Town vs Barbican at Breezy Castle
Constant Spring vs Bull Bay at The Spring Complex
Meadhaven United vs Jamaica Defence Force at Duhaney Park
Maverley/Hughenden vs Santos at Maverley Field
All games are slated to begin at 3:30p.m.