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Cavalier almost there following boardroom decision

Published:Saturday | June 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) champions Cavalier are just two points away from gaining promotion to the National Premier League, having gained maximum points from their opening three games in the 2012 Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Confederation four-team play-off.

Cavalier's last allotment of three points came in the boardroom, as they were awarded victory by a 3-0 margin for their most recent match against Eastern Confederation champions Volvo. The game had ended 1-1 with Dale Wallace netting for Volvo in the ninth minute and Norman Bailey pulling Cavalier level in the 41st minute.

The St Ann-based Volvo were, however, found to have used Roger Knight, an ineligible player. Knight should have sat out Wednesday's game due to an accumulation of yellow cards.

Knight, who was also booked in the game against Cavalier for unsporting behaviour, had been cautioned for the same offence in his team's away game against Savannah on May 12 and their home encounter with New Green on May 23.

Cavalier on top

Cavalier lead the quest for one of two places in the 2012-2013 Red Stripe League, having amassed a perfect nine points. Savannah, who are seeking to replace Reno as the Westmoreland representatives in the premier league, are second with six points. Manchester have not been represented at the country's highest level of football since 1998 when Mile Gully were present, and the parish hopes now rest on third-place New Green who have one point and a goal difference of minus three. Volvo have also garnered a point, but have an inferior goal difference of minus five.

Former national league winners, Cavalier, who are celebrating their 50th year of existence, have been absent from the country's top flight for 17 years, having last appeared in 1995. They are now poised to become the sixth KSAFA team in the national league; joining Arnett Gardens, Boys' Town, Harbour View, Tivoli Gardens and Waterhouse.

Cavalier will host New Green at Collie Smith Drive tomorrow in a 3:30 p.m. kick-off, as the return legs get under way. Cavalier clipped New Green 1-0 in the opening round.

Sunday's other game will see Savannah travelling to Drax Hall to face Volvo. Savannah registered victory by a 2-0 margin in their previous encounter.

ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com