Reggae Youths home in on Super League semi-final berth

Saturday, March 17, 2018

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GRANVILLE, St James — Reggae Youths could be the first semi-finalists in the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation/Charley's JB Rum Super League today with a win over former champions Granville United in their third-round game at the Granville Community Centre starting at 3:30 pm.

Reggae Youths are in second place on 29 points, one behind leaders and mid-season champions Faulkland FC who will not play until Tuesday after missing a chance to secure their semi-final place last weekend.

Faulkland FC would have qualified for the semi-finals with a win at Harmony FC, but had to settle for a come-from-behind draw and must wait until their next game.

Also today, former champions Wadadah FC could move to within a point of qualifying, depending on other results this weekend if they can get full points from their game against Hopewell United at the UDC Field.

Grand Palladium and Beaches Negril will meet tomorrow at the Colin Miller Sports Complex in Lucea, while on Tuesday, Faulkland FC meet Montego Bay Boys Club and Roaring River facing Harmony at Petersfield.

Today, Reggae Youths could beat Faulkland FC to be the first team to secure a spot in the top four, but face a Granville United team that have overcome their sluggish start and are unbeaten in their last seven games.

Reggae Youths missed making it to the semi-finals last season after a meltdown in the third round after winning the mid-season final with a stunning rallying 5-2 scoreline against eventual champions Sandals South Coast.

The Oscar Irving-coached team have won their last two games, both by one-goal margins following back-to-back shutout losses to Faulkland FC and could use this momentum against Granville, who are precariously placed in the points standings.

While making it to the semi-finals is still a long shot for Granville United, they have yet to secure their place in the league next season and a win today would take them further from the relegation zone with five teams set to return to parish football after this season.

Four teams will automatically be relegated to accommodate the four parish champions, but one more team will have to make way for the return of Sandals South Coast after an unsuccessful first season in the Red Stripe Premier League.

Catherine Hall FC of St James and Clarks Town of Trelawny have already been relegated.

Wadadah FC are coming off consecutive tough games, losing to Reggae Youths then having to stave off a comeback from Catherine Hall FC on Sunday playing a man short.

Wadadah FC led 3-0 early in the second half, but Catherine Hall stormed back with two late goals before losing 3-2.

The former champions who are seeking to make it to back to back semi-finals, will be without Renaldo Thompson who was sent off last week.

— Paul Reid

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