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Titles on the line

Mid-season winners of St James FA Leagues to be known tomorrow

BY PAUL A REID Observer West Writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, March 29, 2012    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The first two league titles of the St James Football Association's club season will be decided tomorrow afternoon following a double header at Jarrett Park, starting at 2:00pm.

Abes United ad Seaview FC will decide the Division One mid-season title in the first game, while Little Miami and Montego Bay Boys Club will face off in the mid-season finals of the Senior League in the featured game.

Two competitive games are expected after a good first half of the season with all four teams in with a good chance of coming away with a trophy.

Abes got the point they needed from a 0-0 draw against Seaview at Westgreen to edge Seaview on goal difference for a place in tomorrow's game on goal difference, with both teams finishing the first round on 11 points, one more than promoted Lilliput Rovers.

Both teams went into Tuesday's game with a chance of making it to the finals but Seaview needed a win, while a point was good enough for Abes.

Reggae Youths ended their first round fixture with an upset 1-0 loss to Barrett Town at the Wyndham field, but had clinched their place in the play-offs after winning their first three games to start the season.

Dwayne Waldron scored the winner for Barrett Town who were scoring their first win of the season after two straight losses.

Tomorrow, the younger and fitter Reggae Youths will hold the edge over the Abes team that is packed with aging former Seba United players, including national coach Theodore Whitmore.

Meanwhile, in another Division One game played Tuesday, Salt Spring United moved up to second place in Zone A on six points, after edging Marl Road 1-0 at the UDC field, thanks to an 80th minute goal from Javian Bailey.

The Senior League final will be an interesting battle between two teams showing indifferent form but Montego Bay Boys Club has allowed just one goal in their four games and could hold the slight edge over Little Miami.

Little Miami who lost a hotly contested Senior League final to Fogo last year, started the season as favourites to win this season and obliged by winning their first two games before drawing their next two, and went into their finals first round game in danger of missing the mid-season final.

They scrambled home by scoring three times in the last 10 minutes to beat Revelations FC but will not be given that kind of respect by Boys Club, who will be led by the competition's top marksman so far, Leroy Christie who has four goals.

Little Miami has serious firepower with the trio of Almondo Kelly, Odeno Spence and Alwayne Simmons who have combined for seven of their 10 goals scored.

Both games tomorrow will be play to finish and if necessary, two periods of extra time and penalty kicks will be used to decide the winners.

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