Cavalier aim to formalise title with a victory
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
The 2009/10 Claro/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League champions will be decided today when the final round of matches are played.
Cavalier are in an almost impregnable position as they lead the standings with 47 points, three more than second-place Santos.
Cavalier, who narrowly missed out on the title last season as they finished second to August Town by way of goal difference, also find themselves with the cushion of a superior 14-plus goal difference over their closest rivals, having scored 38 goals and conceded 10.
Their final match of the round will be against ninth-place Barbican at the Barbican playing field, while Santos will face stiff opposition when they welcome third-place Rae Town to the Bell-Chung Stadium. Both games are slated to start at 3:30 p.m.
When Cavalier and Barbican met in the first round, Cavalier came away narrow 1-0 winners.
On Wednesday, they missed out on the opportunity to secure the title when they played to a 1-1 draw with Mountain View United in a rescheduled match.
Despite needing only a draw to negate the mathematical possibility of them not securing the title, Cavalier's player/coach David Laylor intends for his team to go all out for the win.
"We will be going into this game to win," said Laylor. "We won't allow, as management and coach, for complacency to set in.
"However, what is good for the team is that the team will be playing more relaxed, which will result in good football," he added.
Santos blanked Rae Town 3-0 in their pre-vious encounter - a scoreline which was later reversed after Santos was found to have used an ineligible player in the game. Santos, who have scored 34 goals while conceding 20 in their latest league outing, earned a 3-1 win over Constant Spring.
Carlton Dennis, coach of Santos, has already given up on the title and will just be playing for pride.
"We are going to play our game but we can't win the league. Cavalier have Barbican to play, who I know have not been training," Dennis said.
"We are just going to play for pride; we will be fielding a strong team as we are going for broke; we want to win the game and finish the season on a high," he added.
Barbican vs Cavaliers at Barbican playing field
Santos vs Rae Town at Bell/Chung Stadium
JDF vs Mountain View at Up Park Camp
Maverley/Hughenden vs Constant Spring at Maverley
Bull Bay vs Duhaney Park at Bull Pen
Real Mona vs Meadhaven United at Buttercup Park
All games kick off at 3:30 p.m.