Molynes, Maverley clash in Magnum Super League opener
Highly favoured teams Maverley-Hughenden and Molynes United will clash in the feature game of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Magnum Super League in tomorrow's season opener at Constant Spring Complex.
In the first game, last season's Major League champions Mountain View meet Central Kingston at 4 p.m., while Maverley-Hughenden, who were relegated from the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), will tackle Molynes in a highly anticipated early fixture, starting at 6 p.m.
Maverley-Hughenden won the Super League title two seasons ago, but just enjoyed one season in the top flight. Now, the club's aim is to return quickly to the nation's top flight.
"The aim is to return to the Premier League in just one season. We are fully aware that it won't be easy as Super League is never easy because of financial constraints and the type of pitches to play on," coach of Maverley-Hughenden Byjeon Thomas told STAR Sports yesterday.
"I have heard about the Molynes team as they have some former Maverley players, ,and they are overwhelming favourites. This early match must be good for the league. With better players in the Super League it can only raise the profile," he added.
"We are hoping the preseason preparation will leave us in good stead. We have retained captain Raymond Williamson, Nicholas Scott, Bobby Blake and Robert Williams just to name a few," Thomas pointed out.
Coach of Molynes United, Calvert Fitzgerald also said his club's ambition is to win the Super League and move up to the RSPL next season.
'TRY AND WIN THE TITLE'
"We are coming from Major League up to Super League, and naturally, we want to find our footing in the league. We have set a programme to try to reach the premier league, so the aim like other coaches, is to try and win the title," Fitzgerald said.
"It is a tough match against Maverley to wet your foot in, but we have to approach the game with a positive attitude. We want to put some points on the board from early," he added.
Fitzgerald will look to captain Kemar Seivwright, who is a former Tivoli Gardens premier league player; Ross Burton, formerly of Harbour View; Jeremy Nelson, and his brother Nicholas Nelson, a former national Under-17 star striker, for a good start.
The 12 teams participating in the Super League are drawn into two zones based on geographical location. At the completion of the preliminary round, the top two teams from each zone will advance to the semi-finals. The champions are guaranteed $300,000; runners-up will earn $250,000; third place will collect $200,000; and fourth place $150,000.
The zone winners will also receive $25,000, and the mid-season champion will collect $50,000.