Downs win Super League - Manchester side now focused on Premier League play-offs

May 15, 2019

Downs moved one step closer to the Red Stripe National Premier League after winning the Manchester/St Elizabeth zone of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/National Super League Competition on Sunday.

The Manchester-based team beat St Bess, from St Elizabeth, 5-4 on penalties in the playoff final at St Elizabeth Technical High School ground.

Ajay Chin, Romario Witter, Janoi Simpson, Shorndee Webb and Romaine Samuda, who kept his team's perfect record, were the penalty scorers for Downs.

Downs' coach Kemar Ricketts said his team was confident about getting a good result against St Bess.

"We exploited their weaknesses well," Ricketts said, while adding "we stopped them from coming through the middle, because we realised that their midfield was their strength."

Ricketts and his team will switch their focus to the National Premier League play-off, where seven teams will compete for two spots in next season's top flight.

Molynes from Kingston and St Andrew, Vere United from Clarendon, and Baptist Alliance out of St Thomas are the early qualifiers for the play-off.

Ricketts said he doesn't know anything about his opponents, but "once we approach it cautiously and have a killer instinct, and treat every game as a final, then we should come out with something at the end of the round".

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