Sandals South Coast happy with Premier League play-off draw
Sandals South Coast FC head coach, Aaron Lawrence, is very happy with the plum draw of three consecutive home games in the JB Charley Rum/Magnum Premier League play-off.
Each year in the play-off, a team is given the favourable draw of three home games in a row and Sandals South Coast is the one to benefit this year.
Maverley-Hughenden, who got that fortune last year, qualified for the Red Stripe Premier League.
The Sandals South Coast team will tackle Priory SA away at Drax Hall in the opening round on Sunday, starting at 3:30 p.m.
Following that, they will play three games in a row at Cross Lawn, Sandals South Coast, in Westmoreland. On Wednesday, Sandals face Rivoli United; then Cavalier on Sunday, June 18 and round off their home fixtures against Priory in the return game on June 21.
"It is good to have three consecutive home games. I think it is a good draw for us, so if we take care of these games at home, we would be on way to qualify for the Premier League next season," Lawrence, who is a former national youth and senior goalkeeper, told STAR Sports yesterday.
"The game will be tough as all the teams in the play-off are winners of their respective confederations," he reasoned.
"We are going there to do our best and it would be good to get a positive result," Lawrence also said.
Sandals South Coast, formerly Sandals Whitehouse, will be banking on players with premiership experience, such as national invitee Leonard Rankine (Reno), Owen Warren (Reno), Triston Sommerville (Savannah), among others, to earn a historic spot in the nation's elite league.
In another play-off game, Rivoli United will host Cavalier SC in the battle of two former Premier League clubs, at Drax Hall in St Ann, starting at 3:30 p.m.
The four teams, who won their respective confederations, will fight for two spots in the home-and-away series.