Bring it on! - Mount Pleasant, Albion Mountain battle in Eastern Confed final
Mount Pleasant Football Academy of St Ann and St Mary's Albion Mountain will lock horns in the Magnum/Eastern Confederation Super League final tomorrow at Drax Hall, starting at 3 p.m.
Coming off a 2-0 win against Priory Academy in the semi-final a week ago at the match venue where Mount Pleasant host games, they appear to hold an advantage.
Manager of Mount Pleasant, David Galloway admits that his team holds the advantage playing at Drax Hall, but Albion Mountain have also played some games there.
"It is the field that we use for home games and that must be crucial, but we drew 1-1 against Albion Mountain there, and they have also played about two other games at the venue," Galloway said.
The manager also said that this is the stage where the team wanted to be and he is highly confident in their ability to win the final and advance to the Jamaica Football Federation promotion series later this month.
"It is a great feeling for our new club to be in the final for the first time. I always believe in success and the energy we showed throughout the season was tremendous.
"This is the game that will decide where we go from here. It is a game we need to win and must win. We not only will become the Confed champion, but will also be the team to represent the Confed in the Premier League play-off. It is another step closer to playing in the Red Stripe Premier League for the first time," he confidently said about his team's chance of winning the title.
The team, who is under the guidance of former national striker Paul 'Tegat' Davis, will rely on former Humble Lion Premier League striker Devon Hodges, central defender Liston James, leading striker Kesslon Hall and Jahmika Hutchinson.
STRENGTHENING MENTAL CAPACITY
Coach of Albion Mountain, Lincoln Small says that his team has being focusing on additional exercises to strengthen their mental capacity as a main part of their preparation to win the final.
"This week we have done intensive training to prepare us mentally, not physically, because physically we are there already as we have youths mainly on our team," said Small.
Thanks to a rousing 3-0 first-leg away win against St Georges Sports Club at Lynch Park, Buff Bay, Albion Mountain advanced 4-2 on aggregate. Portland's St Georges won the second leg match 2-1 at the weekend, but it was a case of too little, too late.
Albion key players include captain Omar Gerdon, leading striker Roan Nelson, and defender Joseph Bootha.
The winner of the Magnum Eastern Confederation Super League will advance to the four-team play-off of confederation champions and battle for a place in the Red Stripe Premier League. The top two teams will qualify.