Jamalco aim for top four in debut RSPL season

October 06, 2016
Maverly's Jamoy Sibbles (left) goes head first into a challenge with Jamalco's Rohan Richards in their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at the Constant Spring playfield on Sunday, September 25.<\n>

Jamalco coach Rayon Johnson is hoping his charges, who are current leaders in the Red Stripe Premier League table, could do one better than last season's 'fairy-tale team' University of the West Indies.

Johnson's Jamalco clipped newly promoted Maverley Hughenden 3-2 last week, which surprisingly propelled them into pole position on nine points.

They have a superior goal difference over champions Montego Bay United and Humble Lion FC, having won three games and lost one from four outings.

"UWI went up and did what they had to do last season. We had a good start, it's just for us to maintain it and get good results, and anything can happen," said Johnson.

The University-based team finished fifth in their debut RSPL campaign.

"Support is really good from Clarendon, people are now coming and wanting to see what this Jamalco team is like, so it's just a matter of us staying grounded and trying to do our best every game," Johnson added.

He knows all too well that competing in the local 12-team premier football competition is a privilege.

Jamalco's attacking player, Rohan Richards, has topped the league as leading goalscorer so far, and while Johnson is proud of his charge, he says Jamalco is about team effort.

"We have a team that is compact and they know exactly what they want to do. Rohan has been scoring and we have other goalscorers in the team, it's just a matter of him being in the spotlight right now. But I am sure that as the season goes on, you, will see more," he said.

He added: "I am just looking at those and concentrating on our goals, and we will take it one game at a time."

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