Marverley/Hughenden earns spot in Premier League
Maverley-Hughenden FC advanced to the 2016-17 Red Stripe Premier League following a 1-1 draw against Jamalco FC in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)-Charley's J B Rum play-off series final round at the Wembley Centre of Excellence playing field in Clarendon, yesterday.
Jamalco went ahead when Erron Brown beat Maverley-Hughenden custodian Damion Campbell in the 12th minute. However, the visitors fought back and levelled when Omari Edwards netted in the 17th minute.
The point earned by Maverley-Hughenden pushed the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League champions into the Premier League for the first time in 24 years.
Maverley-Hughenden finished the play-offs on nine points, behind already qualified Jamalco (16) as the two to qualify. Brazil, which defeated Granville 4-1 at Drax Hall, also on the day, finished the series on eight points. Granville failed to win in six games during the play-offs and ended without a point.
After the game, an obviously elated coach of Maverley-Hughenden, Lijyasu Simms, was overwhelmed with joy.
"We did this one for the Maverley community. I give thanks to the Father. I told the players that the job is to avoid defeat and we got the point that was enough to see us in the Red Stripe Premier League next season. I wasn't worried as I believed in the players ability to get the job done," Simms said.