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Slim hopes

Uphill task for Wadadah in JFF's Premier League qualifying competition

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, June 13, 2019

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Former champions Wadadah FC will go into Sunday's final set of matches in the Jamaica Football Federation Premier League qualifying competition with mathematical hopes of returning to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) this season, after back-to-back big wins including Sunday's 7-3 mauling of Western Confederation Super League champions Faulkland FC at Jarrett Park.

Wadadah FC's win, on the back of their 6-0 trouncing of Lime Hall in St Ann last week Wednesday, sees them staying in third place on 10 points, and will need another big win over Downs FC in Mandeville, and hope for help elsewhere if they are to take one of the two promotion places available.

Molynes of Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) claimed one of the spots after winning their fifth game in a row, including last week's controversial reversal of Faulkland FC's 3-1 win at Jarrett Park. The Montego Bay-based team lost the points because they were found to have used ineligible players.

Vere United, who will host Molynes on Sunday, need only a draw to advance with the Kingston-based club.

Last Sunday, Obrien Robinson scored back- to-back hat-tricks for the suddenly prolific scoring Wadadah FC team, that have scored 13 goals in their last two games after scoring four in their first three games. Akeem Smith came off the bench to score a second-half brace in the win.

Just 11 players showed up for Faulkland FC as their loss to Molynes United effectively knocked the team out of contention for a spot in the RSPL.

Wadadah FC took advantage of a Faulkland FC team going through the motions, and ran out easy winners for the second time in four meetings between the two clubs this year, and the biggest margin of win since their first meeting three years ago.

Wadadah FC led 3-1 at half-time with Obrien scoring from the penalty spot in the 14th minute and tapping in at the far right post in the 28th minute, both goals bracketing a sumptuous half volley from Tyshan Hill in the 17th minute.

Chevoy Watkins, who missed the previous game, pulled one back for Faulkland FC, when he converted from the penalty spot in the 38th minute.

Robinson completed his hat-trick two minutes into the second half, before Faulkland FC scored twice — Stephen Hood in the 66th minute and Curtis Palmer in the 77th minute — to make the score 4-3.

Smith and another substitute Kemani Pennington, responded for Wadadah FC with three goals in the final 12 minutes; Smith scoring in the 78th and 87th minutes and Pennington in the 86th minute.


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