Meadforest, Barbican vie for Championship League final spot
...Maverley, New Kingston in Major League semi-final tussle
Barbican FC's Shaquille Lewis is one of the key players for his team. (Photo: Dwayne Richards)

The two remaining finalists of the KSAFA/Campari Championship and Major League will be decided at Stadium East field on Monday, weather permitting.

Meadforest and Barbican are to battle in the Championship League semi-final set to start 8:00 pm after the Major League semis contest between Maverley Hughenden and New Kingston at 6:00 pm.

On Thursday, Real Mona clipped Boys' Town FC 2-1 in the other Championship League semi-final, while Mountain View FC defeated Maxfield Park FC 3-1 to book their spot in the Major League final.

The Meadforest versus Barbican clash promises to be a cracker. Both teams appear evenly matched, however, Meadforest hold the psychological, advantage having won their regular season encounter 2-0.

"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," Calvert Fitzgerald, the head coach of Meadforest.

They have conceded only two goals all season, but their goals' conversion rate has to be better, Fitzgerald said.

"We have done extremely well defensively, only conceding two goal 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," the Meadforest coach explained.

Christopher James of Barbican held his cards close to his chest regarding his team's chances.

"It has been a season of transition for the team, having lost seven starters from the last season we played. I would rate our chances of making the finals 50/50 based on the short season and team chemistry."

James noted they have challenges at both ends of the pitch.

"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," he said.

Meanwhile, Coach Richard Bryan thinks his Maverley/Hughenden team stands a very good chance of making it to the Major League final.

"We need to be sharper in the final third. We need to posses the ball well in that area so that we can create the goal scoring opportunities," Bryan said.

New Kingston Head Coach Jahmoy Green believes his boys turn the tables after the 0-2 defeat they suffered to them earlier in the season.

"My team knows 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," Green said.

Dwayne Richards

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