Wadadah FC tackle Sandals South Coast in crucial Confed semis
FROME, Westmoreland - Former champions Wadadah FC will hope their late-season form will continue on the weekend when they take on title favourites Sandals South Coast in the second game of the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley’s JB Rum Super League semi-final double-header at Frome on Saturday.
Last season Sandals South Coast beat Wadadah FC in their two-way semi-final play-off on their way to the final. The St James club are hoping to gain revenge this season.
In the first game set to start at 1:30 pm, first-time qualifiers Montego Bay Boys Club and Faulkland FC, both of St James, will start their quest for a first-ever spot in the final, set for the first weekend of May, after the return leg semi-finals next weekend in Montego Bay.
Sandals South Coast, the losing mid-season finalists, topped the table with 41 points, 11 more than Montego Bay Boys Club’s 30, while Faulkland FC edged Wadadah FC on goal difference after both finished on 29 points.
All four semi-finalists came from the same first-round group and would have played each other twice, finishing the first two rounds in the same order as the final points table.
Sandals South Coast have been the most consistent team over the past two seasons, winning 21 games, including 13 this season, and will go into the semi-finals as favourites to lift their first title.
In the regular season, Sandals South Coast beat Wadadah FC twice – 1-0 in the first round and 2-1 in the second. After qualifying early, Sandals dropped their intensity, but will have to get back into high gear against a Wadadah FC team that is arguably the in-form team and are on a momentum.
Wadadah FC’s chances will be hard to ignore given their late-season form, winning seven of their last eight games and outscoring teams 12-3 in the process.
Ron Daley, who has scored 10 goals, Dervin Campbell and Leonardo Rankine will lead the Sandals South Coast attack which will face a reinvigorated Wadadah FC defence.
The match-up between Montego Bay Boys Club and promoted Faulkland FC promises to be exciting as both teams have contrasting styles.
While Faulkland FC, who have earned promotion every season since they were formed four years ago, have never failed to make it to the finals in any league competition. Boys Club have been more restrained, scoring just 21 times in their 16 games played.
Faulkland FC’s attractive attacking football has earned them legions of loyal fans and the normally staunch Boys Club defence will be tested.
In addition to pulling the strings from the midfield, Peter-Lee Vassell has contributed eight goals along with Neil Clarke, who leads the goalscoring race with 11 goals, to combine for 19 of Faukland’s 36 goals.
Leroy Christie and Roshane Reid, with four goals each, will lead the Boys Club attack, with Marvin Sangster expected to be part of the offensive thrust.