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Premier League qualification goes to last round

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior Staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, June 25, 2018

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Qualification to the premier league will go to the last day as both Dunbeholden FC and Barbican FC battled to a 1-1 draw in their Magnum Charley's JB JFF Premier League Play-off which was spoiled by a nasty brawl at the conclusion of the match.

With one set of games remaining, Dunbleholden and Barbican remained at the top of the four-team standing with nine points. Mount Pleasant FA whipped Wadadah FC 10-2 and moved one point behind the leaders with eight points. Wadadah remained pointless at the bottom.

The advantage is certainly with the Portmore-based Dunbeholden, as they appear to have the easier task of playing Wadadah next Sunday, while Barbican and Dunbeholden clash at Barbican.

With Kesslan Hall scoring six times against Wadadah, thus taking his tally to nine goals in five games, it was a different ball game in the other game as Dunbeholden and Barbican fought hard in their 1-1 draw.

But some players took the fight literally and following the final whistle several tussles ensued between players of both teams and, inevitably, some home fans got involved before order was restored.

But earlier, Barbican's Cornelius Simms stunned the vuvuzelas-blowing home crowd, firing home in the 41st minute after latching onto an exquisite defence-splitting pass from veteran Loxley Thompson.

But Jerome Wedderburn earned a crucial point for Dunbeholden with a lovely shot into the roof of the net from close range in the 71st minute.

Dunbeholden coach Michael Cohen was happy for the point and is now even more confident of qualifying for the Premier League.

“We deserve more, but the two teams came for it and really played well,” said Cohen.

“All we need to do is don't lose, and we are working for it so we are going to get it,” he added.

Meanwhile, a more sombre-looking Wayne Campbell, coach of Barbican, thought his team is still on track to secure qualification.

“Playing away to Dunbeholden was going to be hard and that's what unfolded. We went one up; they came out as expected and we gave up a free kick and our defending was atrocious. But we live to fight on and still on plan for Premier League qualification,” said Campbell.

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