Do or die

Teams make final grab for Premier League promotion spots

Observer staff reporter

Sunday, July 01, 2018

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It will be unbridled joy for two of the main contenders and disappointment for the other, as the promotional spots in next season's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will be decided in the Magnum/Charley's JB Rum JFF Premier League Play-off today.

The two spots are currently in the hands of the St Catherine champions Dunbeholden and KSAFA champions Barbican, who are both atop the four-team standing with nine points.

But the St Ann-based Mount Pleasant are breathing down their necks on eight points, while the St James-based Wadadah remain pointless at the bottom.

Dunbeholden currently have the scales tipping in their favour for one of the promotional spots, as they appear to have the easier task of playing away to the out-of-contention Wadadah today at Jarret Park, while Barbican and Mount Pleasant will clash at Barbican Complex.

Kick-off time for both games is 4:00 pm.

After playing out a 1-1 stalemate with Barbican last week, Dunbeholden are expected to replace their shooting boots now that they will be facing the St James-situated Wadadah, whom they dismantled 4-0 in their previous meeting.

Anything but a loss would see Dunbeholden through, but a similar 4-0 result would leave the Michael Cohen-conditioned team even more delighted and riding high on their way to the nation's top flight league.

The Portmore-based Dunbeholden will look towards Ricardo Harriott, Damarley Oliver, Jerome Wedderburn, Horatio McKnight, Lorenzo Dubidad and Akeem Small to lead the charge.

“All we need to do is not lose and we are working for it so we are going to get it,” Cohen said.

Despite coming off a 10-2 hammering from Mount Pleasant on last and being out of contention Wadadah are not expected to play dead, as they will be seeking to bow out in style.

Though a victory seems far-fetched based on their current form, they are capable of capitalising on any bit of complacency shown by Dunbeholden.

The likes of Deshawn Woolery, Calwayne Allen, Tyshan Hill, Obrien Robinson, Fabian Gifford, Oshane Hunter and Kemiro James must step up to the plate and deliver if Wadadah are to get a positive result.

Meanwhile, former Premier League outfit Barbican are tipped to make a return to top flight football but it will not be as easy as it sounds. Mount Pleasant FA, no doubt, are expected to prove a handful from start to finish.

Both teams played to a 1-1 scoreline in their previous meeting and with a point separating them, a similar scoreline will be suitable enough for Barbican to progress.

However, the Wayne Campbell-coached Barbican are not expected to take anything for granted, and captain Ramone McGregor and his troops Andrew Christie, veteran Locksley Thompson, Shaquille Lewis, Jermaine Parris and Cornelius Simms should be fired up to get the job done.

A victory will be the only outcome that would propel the Paul “Tegat” Davis-coached Mount Pleasant into the Premier League, and so they are expected to be firing on all cylinders to achieve the historic feat.

They will enter today's contest brimming with confidence, especially after their 10-2 whopping of Wadadah which would have motivated their strikers a great deal for this crucial fixture.

Their talismanic marksman Kesslan Hall, who netted six times in the last game to take his tally to nine goals in five games, will be a key factor to Mount Pleasant's hunt for the three points and will have to be contained.

Shaquel Notice, Liston James, Devon Hodges and Rupert Murray should also prove constant threats to Barbican's defensive line.

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