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Wadadah FC, Faulkland FC to battle for Confed Super League title

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — A lot will be at stake on Sunday afternoon at Jarrett Park when three-time champions Wadadah FC meet first-time finalists Faulkland FC in the final of the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation/Charley's JB Rum Super League starting at 6:00 pm.

Along with the first prize and championship trophy, Sunday's winners will qualify for the Confederation play-offs for one of two promotion spots in the 2018/2019 Red Stripe Premier League.

The teams qualified for the final after contrasting wins in the semi-finals that were completed on Sunday at Jarrett Park in St James.

Wadadah FC overturned a first-leg 0-1 loss to Reggae Youths to win 4-1 on Sunday for a 4-2 aggregate victory, while Faulkland won 2-1 for a 4-1 aggregate, after their 2-0 win two weeks prior at Elleston Wakeland Centre in Trelawny.

Wadadah FC, who are in their sixth final, last made the final trip in the 2014/15 season when they were beaten by Savannah FC.

There is very little to choose between the two teams, as in two meetings this season, the first ended in a 1-1 draw, while Wadadah FC won the second game 1-0 — Faulkland FC's only blemish this season. Wadadah FC have only lost to Faulkland FC once in four meetings over the last two seasons.

Faulkland FC were, however, the top team in the regular season, amassing 37 points, eight more than Wadadah FC. After winning the mid-season title, Faukland are no doubt hoping to be the first club since Reno FC in 2013/14 to win the double.

Faulkland FC also dominated in the statistics by scoring the most goals, 34, and conceding seven, the least, in their 16 games played — compared with Wadadah FC's 27 goals scored and 12 conceded.

Wadadah FC's will have momentum on their side, however, after overcoming a tough Reggae Youths team in the second leg of the semi-finals, and they could be peaking at the right time of the season.

Last Sunday they led 3-0 after 59 minutes as they stormed back in heavy rain. And even after Reggae Youths came back at them to cut the deficit on aggregate to one goal, they staved off waves of attack and hit back on the counter to put the game away.

Obrien Robinson atoned for his abysmal showing in the first leg with two goals and could be the man to lead the Wadadah FC attack against a well-organised Faulkland FC defence.

On the other hand, Faulkland FC have more than 10 players on their roster who have scored this season. Ronaldo McLeish, who scored in both legs of the semi-finals, Radcliff Dawkins and Courtney Allen are expected to lead their attack.

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