Vere back in top flight

June 18, 2019
Vere United during their last stint in top-flight football.
Vere United during their last stint in top-flight football.

Vere United coach, Michael Bennett, says the club learned valuable lessons from their time in the Premier League and he's confident the club manager and owner, Lothian Cousins, has the administrative skills to keep the team in the nation's top league.

Vere came into the match with their place in the top flight under threat by Wadadah, who sat three points behind Molynes, but goals from Andrew Issacs, Christopher Randall, Renoir Elliott and Zain Hylton help them defeat their opponent 4-0 to top the table with 16 points, one more than Molynes, who had already secured their spot.

However, Bennett says Vere who are making their second sojourn into the league learned from their previous visit to the league and he is confident Cousins and his management team will make them a stronger club and more competitive team this season.

"My manager Mr Lothian Cousins was not in charge of the team at the time (they last qualified) but he was around and saw what happened and he gained a lot of experience from that and he is making sure the team has a tighter grip on things. He is a very meticulous and hands-on person who makes sure everything is done in the different departments of the club. He was the one who chose the playing staff and he went through it meticulously to make sure the club have two players for all positions and we got the job done," he said.

Vere, previously known as Jamalco, last played in the league in the 2016-17 season.

COMMUNITY ELATED

Bennett added that the community was elated about their return to the Premier League, especially under their community name, instead of the Jamalco brand.

"The community is very elated from young to old, everyone is lauding about being back in the Premier League, especially under the Vere name and not under the Jamalco name and it's very significant they have their name now," he insisted.

He said they set the tone for their victory against Molynes from the opening whistle, although he thought the opponent lacked motivation.

"Molynes had already qualified so they didn't have an edge to their game. We were more intense because we had a lot more to play for. Molynes had already qualified, so they didn't play with the intensity we played with, and we were able to score three goals from the first half," he noted.

In the other games, Wadadah outscored Downs 5-3 and Falkland defeated Lime Hall 6-1. Vere top the points standings with 16 points, with Molynes second on 15 and Wadadah third on 13.

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