Maverley, Molynes ready to battle - KSAFA/Magnum Super League kicks off today
Coach of Maverley-Hughenden Byjeon Thomas said that he is unsure whether tonight's delayed start of the big KSAFA/Magnum Super League clash against highly favoured Molynes will benefit his team.
The game, along with the Central Kingston versus Mountain View contest, was originally scheduled for last Sunday, but was postponed due to a water-logged field.
The Constant Spring Sports Complex double-header will see Central Kingston facing off against Mountain View at 6 p.m before Maverley-Hughenden and Molynes United meet at 8 p.m. in the feature match.
"The players were upbeat during a team meeting earlier in the week. However, tomorrow's (today's) training session will determine that. We are not sure if the delay was good for us," Thomas told STAR Sports.
"We want to get a positive result and we are fully aware that Molynes have a big team with some former Maverley-Hughenden players. It should be a competitive affair," he added.
Maverley will rely heavily on captain Raymond Williamson, striker Nicholas Scott and defender Bobby Blake.
After winning the Super League two seasons ago, Maverley-Hughenden gained promotion to the Red Stripe Premier League but were demoted after only a season. Now back in the Super League, they are no doubt determined to return to the top flight.
Meanwhile, Calvert Fitzgerald, coach of Molynes United, believes that delays are always a bit unsettling for teams, but noted that his team is well prepared and ready for the test.
"I know that delays are always a bit unsettling. I think both teams were affected in the same way. The team trained well during the week and we are definitely going there for a win. That will be the aim for each game," Fitzgerald shared.
"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.
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.
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.