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Vere whip Molynes to secure historic berth to Premier League

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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Vere United whipped Molynes United 4-0 in their Jamaica Football Federation Play-offs match on Sunday to historically qualify for the first time to the Red Stripe Premier League.

The Clarendon-based club, which missed qualification a few years ago when they were known as Jamalco, joined Molynes United who had already qualified from last week.

Playing at home at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, goals by Andrew Isaacs (19th minute), Christopher Randall (23rd), Renior Elliott (42nd) and Zion Hylton (87th) pushed Vere United to the top of the seven-team group with 16 points and into the Premier League.

The Kingston and St Andrew-based Molynes United ended their campaign on 15 points, suffering their first defeat in six games.

They had lost 1-3 to Faulkland FC, but got the points in the boardroom after Faulkland used an ineligible player.

Former Premier League champions Wadadah whipped Downs FC 5-3 at Downs Community Centre in St Ann and finished third with 13 points, scoring 18 goals in their last three games against teams that were already out of contention.

In the third game on Sunday, Faulkland blanked Lime Hall FC 6-1 and finished fourth on seven points.

With both Wadadah and Faulkland of St James failing to secure one of two promotional spots, Western Jamaica will be without a team in the nation's top-flight football for the first time in a long spell.

Both Montego Bay United of St James and Reno of Westmoreland were relegated from last season's Premier League and there were hopes that one of, if not the two teams from St James, would earn promotion so the west would have a team in the top flight.

Instead, Molynes United have joined the six other teams from the powerful KSAFA confederation as they continue to dominate local football. Seven of the 12 teams are from the Corporate Area in Arnett Gardens, Tivoli Gardens, Waterhouse, Harbour View, Cavalier and the University of the West Indies.

Vere United join Humble Lion as the second team from Clarendon, while St Catherine boasts champions Portmore United and Dunbeholden FC, while Mount Pleasant are from St Ann.


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