Molynes, Vere look to tighten screws in Premier League Play-offs

Sunday, June 02, 2019

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LEADERS Vere United and Molynes United will be looking to take a stranglehold on the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Play-offs when they host Downs FC and Lime Hall FC, respectively, while Baptiste Alliance welcome Faukland FC to York Sports Complex looking to stay in touch. Match time for all games is 3:30 pm.

Clarendon-based Vere United, formerly Jamalco FC, lead the seven-team group with seven points from three games with Molynes United of Kingston and St Andrew sitting pretty in second on six points with a game in hand.

St James' Wadadah — who are inactive today — are in third on four points just ahead of both Baptiste Alliance of St Thomas in fourth with three points, with the second St James team Faulkland FC in fifth, also on three points. Manchester's Downs FC and Lime Hall FC of St Ann are sixth and seventh, respectively, each on a point.

Vere United, having drawn their first game 0-0 with Wadadah, have stepped up the pace with victories over Lime Hall and Faulkland and can really stamp their authority on the group if they can dispatch struggling Downs at Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon.

Meanwhile, it's now or never for Downs if they are to make the top two and gain qualification to the Premier League. Sitting on one point after two games, they can really kick-start their campaign with a win over Vere. Anything other than a win will be an uphill task for the remainder of the play-offs.

Second-placed Molynes United are sitting in the driver's seat after winning their games with victories over Baptiste Alliance and a massive win over Wadadah to be the only team with a perfect record. They are certainly fancied to secure win number three against a Lime Hall team that seemed to be the weakest of the lot losing two of their three games.

Baptiste Alliance reignited their chances of qualification with a crucial 3-1 win over Lime Hall on Wednesday and another win today against Faulkland would really put them in a good position for the return fixtures. Faulkland are also on three points, but they have played a game less and will be looking to really consolidate their position. It should be an intriguing encounter at York Sports Complex in St Thomas.

— Howard Walker

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