Meadhaven brace for tough Maxfield in KSAFA Super League

Sunday, March 17, 2019

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Meadforest FC anticipate a tough battle for points against struggling Maxfield Park FC, when both meet in the opening fixture of the Magnum/KSAFA Super League Zone A double-header at Constant Spring Complex to at 5:00 pm.

The second game at 7:00 pm will match group leaders and defending champions Barbican FC, on 14 points, and second-place Molynes United FC, on 11. Both played out a 1-1 finish in their first-round contest, when Andrew McLeod scored for Molynes United FC and Bryan Brown replied for Barbican FC.

Meadforest lie fourth with eight points and are in contention for a top-two position, which would land them a place in the semi-finals, while Maxfield Park FC are languishing at the bottom of the standings with two points from six fixtures.

Despite Maxfield FC's lowly position, Karume Huie, Meadforest FC head coach, said taking all points would be “important” for their semi-final aspirations, but that will be difficult to achieve.

“It's not going to be easy because everybody has different goals. For example, Maxfield are in a situation where they need to ensure that they try to get a result because even if it's just to stay in the League, it's a mark that means you don't have to worry about going back — so it's going to be a challenge,” Huie reasoned.

“Don't look at the fact that they're at the lower end of the table because at the same time, when you're watching games they don't look like a team that is at that point of the table — so you've to prepare properly and make sure that when you come you play the game. respect your opponent — don't fear them “enuh”, but always make sure that you respect,” he added.

Huie knows a fair bit about Maxfield FC, moreso from their first -round contest that ended 1-1.

“They scored against us the first time 'enuh', and we had to come from behind to score, so they know how to score goals. so we've to make sure that we prepare properly,” he analysed.

The Peter “Juggler” Brown-coached Maxfield Park have found the net sparingly and will look towards Ricardo Monroe and Mark Malcolm, who have placed their name on the scoresheet this season, to get goals.

Meadforest FC, on the other hand, have won with as many as three goals and beaten top three team Real Mona FC, so they have demonstrated a certain level of quality. Ian Davis and Dillon Edwards are prime among Meadforest's goal-hunters, each registering in the scorers' column to help the last team promoted from Major League rise from a difficult start.

Reflecting on their improvements, Huie said: “I think we've been doing well so far ... in terms of understanding our roles and responsibilities, but I think we're still having doubts in our ability in terms of finishing off games. The last three games that we played we've conceded goals in the last five minutes, so we need to work more on focusing and concentrating.”

He added: “In terms of the growth of the team, I think where I started and initiating the goals in terms of trying to win the league, it's reaching where it's supposed to reach now. You can see it in the training — the intensity has started to change, persons start talking out more, start showing more responsibility in terms of turning out to training, and turning up even for games and giving more accountability for each person, saying 'we've to be more responsible'.”

Meanwhile, in Zone B action on Friday night at Constant Spring, Central Kingston FC, with two first-half-strikes, beat Rockfort FC 2-1 to notch their sixth-straight win, moving to 18 points, while Brown's Town FC, last year's beaten finalists, defeated Mountain View FC 2-0.

Also today, there will be three Zone B matches in the Magnum KSAFA Major League. New Kingston FC will play Greenwich Town FC at Maverley Sports Complex, Swallowfield FC tackle Bull Bay FC at Vauxhall High, and Liguanea United FC face August Town FC at Liberty Academy. All games are set to begin at 3:00 pm.

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