Marverley/Hughenden look to seal Premier League place
Maverley/Hughenden FC and Brazil FC will battle for a spot in next season's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) when the teams meet in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Charley's J B Rum play-offs series tomorrow at Drax Hall in St Ann, starting at 3:30 p.m.
In the day's other game, Granville United FC host Jamalco FC at Granville Community Centre in St James, also at 3:30 p.m.
The four-team home-and-away series heads into the penultimate round, with Jamalco already advancing to the RSPL for the first time.
South Central Confederation Super League winners Jamalco cemented one of two spots in the nation's top-flight football when they edged Brazil 1-0 three days ago. That win pushed Jamalco on to a maximum 12 points, and they can only be surpassed by Maverley/Hughenden, who are in second position on seven points. Brazil lie in third on four points, while Granville are rooted at the bottom without a point and out of contention.
With Jamalco already secured, Maverley/Hughenden and Brazil will be engaged in a crucial game. A win for the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Charley's J.B. Rum Super League champions Maverley/Hughenden would qualify them for the RSPL next season.
At the completion of the series, the top two teams on points will qualify for the RSPL 2016-17 season.
However, Eastern Confederation Super League champions Brazil must win to remain in contention. With that in mind, the game could be highly tactical.
"We will take a very serious approach to the game against Brazil. We need to get the three points in order to qualify. The players are very happy and just enjoying the moment," head coach of Maverley/Hughenden Lijyasu Simms told STAR Sports yesterday.
Maverley/Hughenden will rely on their top marksman, Phillip Peddie; captain Andrew Peddlar; Wayne Williams; Paul Stewart; and veteran Kasai Hinds to pull through.
On the other hand, Brazil's camp is well aware that a loss will end their chance of playing Premier League football next season.
"Well, going into the game, we will treat it like a final. We need to win to keep alive in the race. The players vowed to work hard towards the victory," Brazil's head coach, David Galloway, disclosed.
Brazil's main players include Carlos Campbell and Pecheeko Green.
MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
Jamalco 4 4 0 0 5 1 4 12
Mav/Hugh 4 2 1 1 3 2 1 7
Brazil 4 1 1 2 4 5 -1 4
Granville 4 0 0 4 1 5 -4 0