Jamalco look to cement RSPL spot

June 01, 2016
@Normal:Maverley-Hughenden's Phillip Peddie (left) and Jamalco FC's Shandel Senior challenge for the ball during the Jamaica Football Federation/Charley's JB Rum Premier Leaguel play-off footbal game at Maverley Complex. Peddie will miss Marverley's first game of the RSPL as he is overseas.

Head coach of Jamalco FC Rayon Johnson says his team will push for a win today against Brazil FC in the Jamaica Football Federation-Charley's JB Rum Premier League play-off series and secure a spot in top flight football next season for the first time ever.

Jamalco host Brazil FC at Wembley Centre of Excellence today, starting at 3:30 p.m. In the other game, Maverley-Hughenden FC face off against Granville United at Maverley playing field, also at 3:30 p.m.

Jamalco lead the four-team play-off series after each team played three games in the first round.

The Jamalco team is sitting pretty on top with nine points, followed by Brazil and Maverley-Hughenden on four points apiece. However, Brazil are second by virtue of having scored more goals than Maverley-Hughenden. Granville are yet to get off the mark.

At the completion of the home and away format, the top two teams will qualify for the 2016-17 Red Stripe Premier League.

next season

"My intention is to go out there and get the three points that will qualify us for the Premier League next season," Johnson told STAR Sports yesterday.

Jamalco will rely on captain Erron Brown, Renoir Elliott and Clarendon College schoolboy star Greggton Charlton to cement a place in the Premier League.

Brazil FC are fully aware that the game is crucial in their quest for a return to top flight football.

"Well, the game is very important to us. Jamalco will be at home, but we will go there with our hearts. We are coming off a high after the win against Granville. We don't want to leave Clarendon without a point," Brazil's head coach, David Galloway said.

Carlos Campbell and Pecheeko Green are the key players for Brazil.

In the other game, Maverley-Hughenden will hunt their first home win after a draw and a loss in the previous two home games.

Points standing

P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Jamalco 3 3 0 0 4 1 3 9

Brazil 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4

Mav./Hugh. 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4

Granville 3 0 0 3 1 4 -3 0

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