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Semi-finals battle

St James and Westmoreland teams seek berths in Western Confed final

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, St James

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

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It will be St James against Westmoreland in the semi-finals of the Jamaica Football Federation's Captain's Bakery and Grill/Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League that gets underway this Sunday at Jarrett Park, following the end of the regular season last week.

Three former champions Savannah SC, Reno FC and Granville United, as well as Tomorrow's People finished at the top of the points tables, and will continue their quest for the title and right to take part in the play-offs for promotion to the Red Stripe Premier League next season.

Savannah SC which won the competition two seasons ago before spending one season in the Premier League topped the points tables with 47 points, and will face Granville United (39 points) in the 6:00pm game, after Reno FC (45 points) take on Tomorrow's People (40 points) in a repeat of the mid-season finals.

The return legs of the semi-finals will be played next Sunday, April 27 at Frome with the winners on aggregate advancing to the finals that will also be played over two legs.

The odds are decidedly in favour of the Westmoreland clubs as they have dominated their St James counterparts this season; Reno FC has beaten Tomorrow's People three times- 2-0 in the first round, 3-0 in the mid-season final and 2-1 in the second round.

Savannah SC beat Granville United 1-0 in their second round game after the first game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Four of the top scorers in the league will be on show in the semi-finals, as Reno FC's Denmark Gillings and Savannah SC's Ron Daley, who tied Village United's Aldaine Grant with 11 goals, as well as Tomorrow's People's Donville Cornwall and Reno FC's Craig Foster, who both have 10 goals each.

The semi-finalists and relegated teams were decided last Sunday as the 22 rounds regular season came to an end.

Tomorrow's People beat last year's champions Wadadah FC 3-0 at Jarrett Park to secure their place, while Granville United got the point they wanted in a 1-1 draw with Montego Bay Boys Club at the UDC field, as they joined Savannah SC and Reno FC which had earlier secured their spots.

Meanwhile, Village United's downward spiral continued as they joined Lucea FC, Duanvale FC and Norwood Strikers as the teams that will be relegated back to parish football.

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