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Meadows move into South Central semis

Published:Saturday | March 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Richard Bryan, Gleaner Writer

St Catherine newcomers Meadows were confirmed as the first semi-finalist in the South Central Confed Super League, following their 2-1 away win over parish rivals Bodles, in the 12th round of matches.

Ross Burton (20th minute) and Kenroy White (42nd), Meadows' principal scorers all season, set the basis for their continued dream run in their debut year by netting the goals that set up the victory. Glenroy Levy made use of an 85th-minute penalty to pull back one for Bodles (19 points), who are now under pressure to repeat last season's qualification to the final stage.

In achieving their ninth win in 12 games, Meadows jumped to an unassailable 30 points, with three games to play in their preliminary Zone B schedule.

The race for the second qualifying spot remains hot. Another St Catherine team, Newlands, appear best placed at this stage. Newlands share identical points with Clarendon's Monymusk, but have a superior goal difference. They had played one game less and were almost sure to be credited with full points and three goals since Leeds of St Elizabeth failed to show for their scheduled 12th-round match-up at Braes River last weekend.

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has since learnt that Leeds have withdrawn from the competition, which creates a likely scenario where points gained by other teams against them will be deducted.

The other zone is far from predictable, with four teams still capable of making it a race to the final round later this month. Tru-Juice are in pole position, holding a four-point lead on Naggo head. Downs are next on 17, with Tafari Lions just behind on 16.

Naggo Head and Tafari Lions will likely make or break each other's campaign when the two meet in a rescheduled encounter at Lacovia this afternoon, starting at 1:00.