Mountain View eye rebuilding after demotion from Magnum JN KSAFA Super League

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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Mountain View will be looking to boot some senior players and rebuild with youth, following their demotion from the Magnum JN KSAFA Super League football competition.

The east Kingston team's fate was confirmed on Saturday, following their goalless draw with Rockfort FC at Barbican playing field. The result left Mountain View tied on nine points with Rockfort, but an inferior goal difference separated the teams to place Mountain View last in Zone B.

Outlining their major takeaways for the season, Mountain View's Head Coach Jahmiah Pettigrew highlighted lessons from some older members of his squad.

“We've learnt a lot with some of our senior players. I think at this point we just need to make a decision with some of these senior players and part ways with them, and try with some young, fresh blood in the Major League next season,” Pettigrew shared.

The team had experienced a similar fate of being demoted several years ago, and Pettigrew said this time it triggered an awful feeling.

“It's a terrible feeling to be relegated. We've been through it in [the] 2015-16 season and we came back up…it was just a rough season from day one, it was just a rough season,” he noted.

Highlighting their most disappointing aspect, Pettigrew said: “The performance of the team — it's not just today, it's right throughout the season. We've been having some bad performances and defensively we're not concentrating hard enough to not concede goals. We're not scoring as much and we're giving up goals. As a result of that, now we're down by goal difference.”

Mountain View actually started the round in a three-way tussle, with all the teams locked on eight points, one team certain of demotion and another guaranteed a spot in the quarter-finals. Santos, the other part of that triumvirate, successfully extended their campaign with a 3-2 win over second-placed Brown's Town in a match that was played simultaneously.

Terrick Burke (35th), Ray Evelyn (61st) and Shamar Walsh (88th) scored for Santos, while Alex Gayle (23rd) and Okelo Howard (48th) netted for Brown's Town. Santos finished on 11 points and sealed fourth place, eight behind Brown's Town (19) and 11 shy of Zone B winners Central Kingston, who tied their final match 2-2 on Sunday against third-placed Boys' Town (14).

Patrick Scott (third) and Jermaine “Tuffy” Anderson (58th) scored for Boys' Town, while Romario Davey 21st and Karim Brown (64th) netted for Central Kingston.

In Sunday's other match, Molynes United FC rallied from the dead to snatch a 2-2 draw with Meadforest and maintain third position, two points ahead of Meadforest. Ian Davis (16th) and Earlando Ellis (23rd) gave Meadforest a two-goal cushion early. However, Molynes United stormed back late with goals from Tyreek Sutherland (81st) and Ronald Smith (90th+3) to share the points and keep their placing.

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