Three teams in Western Confed Super League relegation battle
MONTEGO BAY, St James -Three teams including former Premier League campaigner Village United are in a fight to avoid relegation from the Jamaica Football Federation's Captain's Bakery and Grill/Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League, with two rounds of matches to be played before the semi-finals.
With most of the attention at the top of the tables, where six teams led by the Westmoreland pair of Savannah SC and Reno FC in the race for the four semi-final spots, the action at the other end is just as intense.
The last four teams in the points tables will be demoted back to parish league football at the end of the season and two have already being confirmed.
St James' Norwood Strikers that has been stuck on eight points since December and are dead last in the 12- team league and Duanvale FC on 13 points will not be playing in the Super League next season, and the trio of Village United, Montego Bay Boys Club and Lucea FC are hoping they will not join them.
Village United which were playing in the Premier League three years ago, are on 25 points and in eight position, one point more than Montego Bay Boys Club with Lucea FC on 19 points and likely to join Norwood Strikers and Duanvale FC, as they must win both games and hope both Village and Boys Club lose to give them any hope of survival.
However, none of the three teams are going down without a fight.
Lucea FC are coming off their biggest win of the season, beating Norwood 5-1 in Montego Bay, Boys Club dealt defending champions Wadadah FC's semi-final hopes a big blow, holding them to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday, while Village beat Duanvale 2-1.
Meanwhile, Savannah SC which were demoted from the Premier League last season, are the leaders in the points tables on 43, four more than Reno FC (39), which have lost back to back games for the first time in two seasons after been blanked 2-0 by Savannah SC on Tuesday.
Former champions Granville United are in third place on 35 points after winning three of their last four games, all games ending in 1-0 margins.
Tomorrow's People and Sandals Whitehouse are tied on 34 points for fourth place, with Wadadah FC in sixth place on 33 points, and could miss the semi-finals for the first time in four years.