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Fireworks expected in Western Confed Super League

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Sunday, April 13, 2014    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The regular season of the Jamaica Football Federation/Captain's Bakery and Grill/Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League is expected to end with fireworks this afternoon with a full set of rescheduled games.

Today's games were supposed to be the first set after the mid-season break, but were not played.

At the top of the table, three teams are chasing two available spots in the semi-finals, while at the other end, another three teams are hoping they won't join three teams that have already been relegated.

Two-time champions Granville United, mid-season finalists Tomorrow's People and promoted sandals Whitehouse are the teams chasing a semi-final spot, while Holland United, Montego Bay Boys' Club and Village United will be trying to avoid the drop.

Former champions Savannah SC on 44 points and Reno FC on 42 points have already secured their places in the semi-finals and will not affect the race in their games today.

Third-placed Granville United are on 38 points and need only a draw against relegation-threatened Montego Bay Boys' Club at the UDC field to ensure a third straight semi-final. Tomorrow's People, meanwhile, are a point back and a win over outgoing champions Wadadah FC at Jarrett Park would ensure back-to-back semi-finals.

Sandals Whitehouse has defied the odds and a slow start to put themselves within a shot of making it to the semi-finals but will need to beat relegated Norwood Strikers and hope either Tomorrow's People or Granville lose in their games.

Granville United are sitting pretty after yet another late-season surge saw them win five of their last six matches to claw their way up the standings and should get the better of a Montego Bay Boys' Club team that could retain their place next season even with a loss today.

Boys' Club are on 27 points, two more than Village United, who are in the hot seat in ninth place with four teams going back to parish football next season.

Village United will be at Reno FC and the odds of them pulling off a win today will be long.

Wadadah FC's season has imploded after a good start and they have gone three games without a win in the Super League. To add insult to injury, they were beaten in the St James FA Knockout by Lilliput Rovers on Thursday.

It will take a Herculean effort for Daniel Ricketts to get his team to get a win against Tomorrow's People, who are within touching distance of a second straight semi-final berth.

Even a big win over Norwood Strikers at home might not be enough for a valiant Sandals Whitehouse team in their first season at this level if both Granville United and Tomorrow's People get their results.

At the other end of the table, Village United could be on their way back to the Trelawny FA Major League, joining Lucea FC, Duanvale FC and Norwood Strikers as the relegated teams.

Today's games

Lucea FC vs Savannah SC @ Rusea's

Tomorrow's People SC vs Wadadah FC @ Jarrett Park

Reno FC vs Village Utd @ Frome Sports Ground

Sandals White House vs Norwood Strikers @ Crocs Land

Montego Bay Boys' & Girls' FC vs Granville FC @ UDC

Duanvale FC vs Holland Utd @ Duanvale Sports Ground

All games start at 3:30 pm

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