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Wadadah, Faulkland to clash in JFF Western Confed final

Observer West writer

Thursday, May 16, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Wadadah FC and Faulkland FC will meet in the final of the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley's JB Rum Super League at Jarrett Park on Saturday, starting at 6:00pm — the second-year the St James clubs will be battling it out for the title.

It will be the third straight Western Confederation final between the two, including this season's mid-season play-offs, which saw Wadadah FC prevailing in the previous two encounters by slim margins.

Wadadah FC won last season's final on sudden-death penalties and edged Faulkland FC 1-0 in the mid-season final, despite finishing with 10 players.

On Saturday it's Faulkland FC who will come into the game as clear favourites to win, however, boasting a better record through the regular season and beating Wadadah FC 3-1 on March 9, when they meet in a third round cross-zone game at the UDC field.

Except for their loss in the mid-season play-offs, Faulkland FC were the only team not to lose a game in the regular season, scored more goals, (35) and conceded the least — six.

In the semi-finals, led by teenager Ewan Barton, Faulkland FC came from behind in both legs to beat a strong Falmouth United 6-3 on aggregate, and if they can maintain their momentum, they will get a leg up on Wadadah FC when it matters most.

Wadadah FC, however, will have experience in their favour, getting to at least the semi-finals for the fifth consecutive season and outplayed Faulkland FC in their last two meetings in a final.

Barton has scored 10 goals for Faulkland FC since transferring from Granville United in January, and netted in both legs of the semi-finals. He will be the player to watch.

He has combined well with Marvin Sangster, while Radcliff Dawkins scored twice in the return leg semi-finals against Falmouth United.

Tyshan Hill is the key player for Wadadah FC and will lead the team from the midfield where he will hope to link up with Matthew Thorpe and Oshane Hunter both of who have combined for nine goals.

Kemario James is Wadadah FC's top scorer with nine goals — second best in the competition — but has gone cold as the intensity of the competition picks up.

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