Wadadah face Hopewell for place in Western Confed mid-season final

By Paul A Reid
Observer writer

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The second spot in the mid-season final of the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley's JB Rum Super League will be up for grabs today when defending champions Wadadah FC and Hopewell United meet in their Zone Two game at the UDC Field in Montego Bay, set to start at 3:00 pm.

Wadadah FC lead the group with 21 points, one better than Falmouth United, who completed their second-round fixtures with a big 5-0 win over Reggae Youths on Sunday, while Hopewell United are in third place on 18 points and would have to win to edge the champions on goal difference.

Faulkland FC, who will meet Lucea FC in their Zone One game at Jarrett Park today, have already booked their place in the February 17 play-off, leading with an unassailable 21 points.

Also today, Somerton FC and former champions Granville United will meet in a Zone One game at Dumfries Community Centre.

The third round, where teams from either zone will face each other once, will start on Saturday, February 23.

At the UDC Field today, Wadadah FC, who are seeking their fifth-straight win in the second round, need only a draw to secure their place in the mid-season game and are coming off a morale-boosting win over Falmouth United last week.

Hopewell United will be confident as after beating Wadadah FC in their first-round meeting, they have scored eight goals in their two previous meetings coming into this game.

At Jarrett Park, Faulkland FC are expected to use their game against Lucea FC as a warm-up for the final after beating the Hanover side in their first-round meeting in early January.

At Dumfries, Granville United, who were unbeaten after their first three games with two wins, will be seeking to end the second round on a high after going winless in their last four games.

On Sunday, Allan Ottey bagged his first hat-trick at any level in years as he led Falmouth United to a big 5-0 victory at home over the hapless Reggae Youths.

Falmouth United's victory was abetted by two own goals from Reggae Youths players as Courtney Hudson's mistake opened the scoring in the 18th minute.

Ottey, who played in the Super League for Faulkland FC last season before switching to Waterhouse FC in the Red Stripe Premier League and opened the season with Montego Bay United this season, then scored two quick goals in the 21st and 23rd minutes as Falmouth United took the game away from the St James club.

Another own goal in the 78th minute made the score 4-0 before Ottey completed his hat-trick in the 80th minute to take his tally of the season to five, two behind leader Kemiro James of Wadadah FC.

Grand Palladium outscored Delveland PYC 3-2 in Westmoreland with goals from Omar Martin, Robert Minto and Sheldon Smith who got the winner in the 80th minute to break a 2-2 tie after the home team rallied twice.

Martin gave Grand Palladium the lead in the 17th minute only for Odwayne McNaughton to equalise for Delveland PYC in the 24th minute.

Minto restored the lead in the 51st minute but Kawayne Evans levelled for Delveland PYC in the 71st minute but they had no response to Smith's winner.

Sandals South Coast beat Harmony FC 2-0 for the second time this season with added-time goals from Delroy Davis at the end of the first half and Junior Neil at the end of the second half.

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