Sandals South Coast draw to book RSPL spot
Sandals South Coast assistant manager Orville Bryan praised head coach Aaron Lawrence for the team's historic qualification to next season's Red Stripe Premier League.
Lawrence was away as coach of the Jamaica national Under-15 team in the Cayman Islands when Sandals South Coast and Cavalier finished in a 1-1 draw in the final round of the Magnum/Charley's JB/JFF play-off series at Stadium East Complex yesterday. That one point sent Sandals into the Premier League.
Dervin Campbell scored for Sandals South Coast in the 21st minute and Cavalier levelled courtesy of George Pinnock in the 33rd minute.
"He (Lawrence) is the man who took us from down there to the Premier League, Lawrence started the programme from scratch. He is not here to celebrate with the team, but constantly called to find out what was happening," Bryan told STAR Sports immediately after the game.
"We came into the game to possess the ball as we needed only a point. We got an early goal which was good and then Cavalier scored. Now, it is celebration time, then we will look towards planning for the Premier League when Aaron comes back," he added.
Campbell, who scored for Sandals, was also overjoyed after the game.
"I have an injury that limited my playing time during the play-off. Today (yesterday), I came to score and did that. I am overjoyed that we made it," the former Reno attacker said.
Cavalier topped the four-team play-off on 10 points, while Sandals finished second on nine points. Rivoli United thrashed Priory 8-0 at Prison Oval, but ended on eight points and Priory finished last on four points.
The Cavalier team was presented with a trophy and $200,000 by Charley's JB brand manager Pavel Smith. Sandals also received a trophy and $150,000.