New-look Confed format a boost, says St Thomas FA boss

Sean Williams

Monday, May 07, 2012

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President of the St Thomas FA Wayne Thompson attributes this season's success of the Captain's Bakery and Grill Major League to the restructuring of football in the east of the island.


"The success resulted primarily from the restructuring of the Super League where teams participating at that level were reverted to their parish leagues. Also, the change in the format of the competition (Major League) from straight league to include knockout quarter-final, semi-final and final games added to the success," said Thompson, following the final on Wednesday where York United were crowned champions after defeating neighbours Seaforth 2-1 at the York Sports Club.


Both clubs will represent the parish in the Eastern Confederation Super Eight Premier League play-offs. "Commendation is in order for York United, a club that has represented the parish admirably at the Super League level for many years. York will lead the charge with Seaforth with the ultimate goal of qualifying a team from the parish to the Premier League," the FA boss told the Jamaica Observer.


Both clubs will represent the parish in the Eastern Confederation Super Eight Premier League play-offs. "Commendation is in order for York United, a club that has represented the parish admirably at the Super League level for many years. York will lead the charge with Seaforth with the ultimate goal of qualifying a team from the parish to the Premier League," the FA boss told the Jamaica Observer.


Thompson, who has had first-hand involvement of the Captain's Bakery's eight-year sponsorship of the league, thanked all stakeholders for their support.


"Finally the success would not have been possible without all the stakeholders including the supporter, clubs, referees media, the executive management committee and most importantly Captain's Bakery and Grill," he said.


Through its representative, financial controller Wayne Soltau, the Captain's Bakery and Grill gave the thumbs up for a well-run tournament, and in the same breath urged the parishioners to continue their patronage of the chain, notwithstanding that the company is yet to set up shop in St Thomas.


On the field of play, York put in a workmanlike performance to secure their win over a spirited Seaforth, who recently gained promotion from the parish's second-tier competition.


Scoring for the victors were Kemar Smith (42nd minute) and Kemar Seivwright (80th), while Gostel James cut the deficit in the 92nd as the game drifted into a four-minute stoppage time period.


York could have scored another goal, but Dashawn Stanton failed to beat goalkeeper Obryan Cruickshank from the penalty spot.


It was a bitter-sweet day for York coach Winston Downie, who lost his mother earlier on Wednesday.


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