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Cavalier, Rae Twn in close battle

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Mountain View's Kevin Blair (left) sheilds the ball from Rae Town's Damion Jackson during their Claro/KSAFA/Super League game on Saturday at the Excelsior High School. Rae Town won 1-0. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

It's 'as you were' atop the standings in the Kingston and Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Claro Super League, as leaders Cavalier and second-place Rae Town recorded crucial victories over Meadhaven United and Mountain View, respectively.

With six matches remaining in the competition, Cavalier lead the standings with 37 points, two ahead of Rae Town (35), followed by Santos (31), Mountain View United (28), Jamaica Defence Force, (28), Constant Spring (24), Real Mona (21), Barbican (19), Bull Bay (12) and Duhaney Park.

Cavalier, led by goals from Donovan Alveranga (23rd) and Phillip Riley (75th), defeated bottom-place Meadhaven United 2-0.

A 32nd minute goal from Damion Jackson carried Rae Town to a 1-0 win over hosts Mountain View United.

Everald Campbell, coach of Rae Town, believes his team can get past Cavalier when both teams meet later in the competition.

"We are very optimistic we can get past Cavalier because we have the material to do it and the players are also confident they can do it," said Campbell.

"We have a game against them and I believe this could determine who wins the league."

Reflecting on his team's 1-0 win over Mountain View United, Campbell said: "It was a very gutsy performance from us against Mountain View United because we had to really fight very hard to win the game."

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Defence Force, led by a 27th-minute strike by Oneil Spence, edged Real Mona 1-0 at Up Park.

Led by a double

Duhaney Park, led by a double from Earl Roberts (21st, 43rd) and one goal from Kadare Francis (49th), beat Constant Spring 3-1. Claudius Blackburn scored for Constant Spring at the 90th.

Santos recorded a 4-1 come-from-behind win over Bull Bay. Rajay Tulloch (31st), Fabian Nethersole (83rd), Jermaine Gibbs (86th) and Shyan Evans (93rd) scored the goals for Santos. Sheldon Madden had scored the opening for Bull Bay in the 15th minute.

Second-half goals from Dasean Meeks (87th) and Shawn Lawes (89th) carried Barbican to a 2-0 win over Maverley/Hughenden.