Maverley Hughenden and Meadforest secure finals spots in KSAFA Campari football finals
Photo: Maverley/Hughenden players celebrate one of their five goals against New Kingston in the KSAFA Campari Major League semi final Thursday night.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Maverley/Hughenden FC and Meadforest FC both secured the final two spots in the KSAFA Campari Major League and Championship League football competitions on Thursday night.

Maverley/Hughenden came from a goal down to beat New Kingston 5-1 while Meadforest clipped 10-man Barbican 2-1 to set up finals match-up against Mountain View FC and Real Mona FC respectively.

After two postponements due to the weather the semi-finals were finally played with both favourites prevailing and advancing to the finals.

In the first match New Kingston capitalised on their better start to go 1-0 up through Oshane Campbell in the 9th minute.

But that was all the joy that they would have as Maverley scored five unanswered goals with both Romario Bryan and Kevin Simpson scoring a brace while the other goal came from substitute Rivaldo Moore.

Simpson scored the leveller for Maverley with a shot from distance in the 20th minute before Bryan gave them the lead with a header in the 32nd minute. Bryan then scored the goal of the game with a 40-yard stunner in the 45th minute to give Maverley a 3-1 half time lead.

Any chance of a New Kingston comeback was snuffed out when Simpson got his second in the 67th minute to make it 4-1.

Moore then added the sheen to the Maverley win with a well taken fifth, two minutes from time. Head coach Richard Bryan has promised that his team will be going all out for the win on Sunday.

“Over the last two seasons of football Maverley have played 39 games, we won 35 and drew 4, so going into the final we are going full flight like normal,” he said.

In the second game of the evening, a brace from Orane Ferguson piloted Meadforest to their first ever Championship League final.

After a goalless first half, Ferguson scored his first goal of the season to put Meadforest ahead in the 52nd minute as Meadforest put one foot in the final. Things got even better for them when Barbican’s Jermaine Parris was shown a red card in the 58th minute for violent conduct and they made the one-man advantage count with a beautifully worked team goal with Ferguson slotting home from close range to make it 2-0 in the 63rd minute.

Barbican proved that they had some fight in them as they were able to get a goal back when Jodain Redwood headed home from a free kick in the 79th minute. Redwood came close with another header shortly after, but it went wide of the mark as Meadforest held on for a spot in what is expected to be a cracking final on Sunday.

Veteran coach Calvert Fitzgerald, who took charge of the team shortly before the start of the season, said that the inexperience of his team showed despite the win.

“We started off a bit nervous. My players, it was the first time playing under the lights. In the latter part of the game, I thought we panicked.”

He believes that playing their semi-final so close to the final may give his team the advantage of being more match-sharp for the final than their opponents Real Mona.

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