KINGSTON, Jamaica— The two remaining finalists of the KSAFA/Campari Championship and Major League will be decided on Saturday, weather permitting.
On Thursday, Mountain View FC and Real Mona booked their spots in the Major League and Championship League finals leaving Maverley Hughenden, New Kingston, Meadforest and Barbican to fight for the remaining spots in the two finals.
Maverley Hughenden and New Kingston will do battle in the Major League semifinal starting at 5:00pm followed by Meadforest and Barbican in the Championship League at 7:00pm.
Richard Bryan thinks his Maverley/Hughenden team stands a very good chance of making it to the final. Bryan believes that their performance in the final third of the field will be the key to victory.
“We need to be sharper in the final third. We need to possess the ball well in that area so that we can create the goal scoring opportunities,” he said.
New Kingston head coach Jahmoy Green believes that his boys can beat today’s opponents despite the 0-2 defeat they suffered earlier in the season.
“My team know that they can make it to the final as long as we focus on taking our chances. That has been our Achilles heel this season, but we must get it right so that we can get to the final.”
The Championship League semi-final between Meadforest and Barbican promises to be a cracker. Both teams are evenly matched, however Meadforest hold the psychological advantage having won their regular season encounter 2-0.
Head coach of Meadforest, Calvert Fitzgerald thinks his team stand a very good chance of making the final.
“I think we have a very good chance of advancing to the finals. We have been playing consistently well and I know it will continue.”
They have conceded only two goals all season, but their conversion rate in front of goal has to be better Fitzgerald says.
“We have done extremely well defensively, we only conceded two goals all season, but we are wasteful in front of goal. We have been trying to fix that for the longest while without success, but we are still trying,” he said.
Christopher James of Barbican was less upbeat about his team’s chances of making the final.
“It has been a season of transition for the team having lost seven starters from the last season that we played. I would rate our chances of making the finals 50/50 based on the short season and team chemistry.”
James thinks that they have challenges at both ends of the pitch that they must rectify today.
“We have to stop giving away cheap goals and keep better possession of the ball so that we can dictate the pace of the game, create more chances and put them in the net.”
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