Wadadah, Vere in 0-0 draw


Wadadah, Vere in 0-0 draw

....Molynes blank Baptiste Alliance 2-0; Lime Hall, Downs goalless in Premier League Play-offs

Saturday, May 25, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Wadadah FC and Vere United played out a 0-0 draw in their opening Jamaica Football Federation Premier League Play-offs at Jarrett Park on Wednesday.

KSAFA champions Molynes United lead the points table after the first set of games following a 2-0 win over Baptiste Alliance, while Lime Hall and Downs FC also played out a 0-0 draw.

Vere United were unlucky not to go home with all three points as they created more scoring opportunities than the home team and were denied late in the game by a superb point-blank block by the Wadadah FC goalkeeper Tristan Bernard.

Wadadah FC made four changes to the team that lost to Faulkland FC in the Western Confederation Super League final on Saturday, and saw Tyshan Hill, Kemiro James, Sean-Alex McFarlane, and Jermaine Melbourne starting.

The visitors enjoyed more possession in the first half, but failed to get a clear chance at Bernard's goal. However, the teams stepped up the pace in the second half and created a handful of chances.

Hill should have done better in the 53rd minute when a mistake in the Vere United midfield saw the ball fall nicely for him, and with no one close by he chose to hit the ball on the volley high over the crossbar.

They got another scoring chance two minutes later, but Vere United's goalkeeper Romaine Sampson just got to a ball lofted over the defence, ahead of Wadadah's Obrien Robinson.

Vere United had their first clear chance at the Wadadah FC goal in the 58th minute, but Ranoia Elliott dragged a shot just wide of the far left post after getting past two defenders.

A minute later Bernard got his left hand low to a ball from Elliott to turn it away for a corner.

James had a wide open goal to aim at in the 75th minute but headed a corner wide of the target as his team asserted dominace against Vere United for a while.

Vere United finished the game stronger, as Javane Bryan shot marginally over the bar from about 25 yards out on the run, and Bernard saved his team a point in the 90th minute when he blocked a shot from about four yards out.

—Paul Reid

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