Barbican plan cautious play-off approach
Chris James, manager of Barbican FC, says that his team will take a cautious approach against Wadadah FC when the teams meet in the Jamaica Football Federation/Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) play-off series this Sunday.
Barbican qualified for the play-offs when they defeated Browns Town 4-2 on penalty kicks in the Magnum/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League final last Friday night at the Constant Spring Complex.
Barbican join Wadadah, Dunbeholden and Mount Pleasant in the four-team series which will be played in a round-robin home-and-away format. At completion, the top two teams will advance to the 2018-19 Red Stripe Premier League.
"The problem I have is that I don't know these teams. We will be going against Wadadah on the road this Sunday but from experience the last time around, you have to be a little bit cautious when you play away," James, who is also Barbican's vice-president, told STAR Sports yesterday.
"I think the other teams in the play-off know more about us because we played televised games. We will just take it one game at a time," he added.
Barbican is packed with players who have played in the top flight with Barbican and other clubs in the past, and James said the experience could be a key factor in his club having another season in the Premier League.
"It is very important to have experienced players. This team has players that played in the Premier League in the past, and that could be key for us in getting back there again," James reasoned.
Reflecting on the Super League final, he pointed out that it was a tough game as Browns Town was tactical and pushed them to the limit.
"The vibes among the players has being good. It was good coming into the semi-final and final of the Super League. The camp is in good spirits and the players are showing unity. I think that is the main reason they prevailed," he said.
"I expected Browns Town to push us all the way. The thing is, we were prepared for penalties by practising all week leading to the final. Browns Town tend to play against Barbican and defended more. We kept possession and moved the ball side to side," James concluded.