York foil third bid for Premier League spot
York Football Club failed to reach the Eastern Confederation final for the second time in three seasons, and once again have no chance of advancing to the national premier league.
The St Thomas top club's bid to play in the nation's elite league was cut short at the Eastern Confed semi-final stage for the second year in a row when they were beaten on penalty kicks by neighbouring community Seaforth last Sunday at York Oval.
York won the Eastern Confed title twice in 2008 and 2015 and made the Jamaica Football Federation play-offs but did not advance to the premier league and manager Michael Pennant said they will support their confederation neighbours.
"The feeling is not right. You win some and lose some, over the years we have won, but this time it was not to be. However, we will support Seaforth because they are a St Thomas club," he said.
He added that they will review the season and add players to the team for next season.
"I am confident we can retain the core of the team for next year and we have plans to get new players," Pennant disclosed.
York has been a nursery for several players, who have represented the nation at youth and senior levels as well as playing professionally overseas.
Notable former York players include national defender Demar 'Peal Head' Phillips, who is currently at Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer League (MLS).
Rennico Clarke is a former national Under-20 player and is currently at MLS club Portland Timbers. National goalkeeper Dwayne Miller is also a former player at York. He is now at Swedish club Syrianska.
In the other return leg semi-final played last Saturday, Priory of St Ann defeated Manchioneal of Portland 4-3 on penalty kicks.
Priory will meet Seaforth in the Eastern Confed final on Sunday, May 28 at Drax Hall in St Ann, starting at 6 p.m.
The Eastern Confed winner will join Cavalier SC, the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) champion; Western Confed winner Sandals south coast; and South Central Confed champion Rivoli.
The JFF/Premier League play-offs is set to start on June 4.