Faulkland FC seek mid-season final spot in Western Confed

Observer West writer

Thursday, January 24, 2019

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WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland — Faulkland FC are on the cusp of back-to-back qualification for the mid-season finals of the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley's JB Rum Super League on the weekend, as they face former champions Sandals South Coast at Crocs Lawn in Whitehouse, Westmoreland.

Faulkland FC won last season's mid-season title and could secure a return on Saturday with a win, and a draw between Harmony FC and Granville United in their Zone 1 game.

The St James club lead Zone 1 with 17 points from seven games, five more than Harmony FC and Granville United.

Also on Saturday, Zone 2 leaders and defending champions Wadadah FC will seek to stay ahead of second-placed Falmouth United in the race for the mid-season spot, when they take on Reggae Youths in a St James derby.

Falmouth United, are to travel to Westmoreland to play Delveland PYC.

Meanwhile, Reggae Youths, consecutive mid-season finalists and a semi-finalist last season, won their first game for the season earlier this week, edging Delveland PYC 1-0 at the UDC field in Montego Bay.

Thomas Scott's 38th minute header made the difference in the clash between the two teams at the foot of the points standings in Zone 2.

Despite the win, however, the St James club is still in last place, on four points, two behind Delveland PYC.

On Saturday, Faulkland FC, the most consistent team this season, and the only one yet to lose a game, will be seeking a second win over the improving Sandals South Coast after beating them 3-1 in the first round.

Sandals South Coast are in fourth place on 10 points, just two behind the second-placed teams, and should be seeking a win in a bid to keep close to the leaders.

Harmony FC and Granville United had drawn their first round game and are locked on 12 points. Harmony FC are hoping that playing at home will give them the advantage over a Granville United team that have drawn their last two games.

Wadadah FC retook the lead in Zone 2 on Sunday after beating Grand Palladium 3-1 at the UDC field and face a Reggae Youths team that are unbeaten in two games, after losing their first five.

The teams are poles apart in almost every category, but Reggae Youths seem to have got over their early season issues, and should be trying to make a statement against the champions who beat them 2-0 in the first round.

Falmouth United have picked up just a point in their last two games, but have brought in a lot of new players in the transfer window, and could be too much for Delveland PYC.

Falmouth United had blanked the promoted team 3-0 in the first round, and if their new players can jell quickly, Delveland PYC could be in for another lopsided loss on Saturday.

Hopewell United are the dark horse for a semi-final spot in their second season and should be going after a second win over Grand Palladium in their Hanover derby at Watson Taylor Park.

Hopewell United are third in Zone 2 on 12 points, two behind Falmouth United and three behind leaders Wadadah FC, and should get the better of Grand Palladium to stay in touch with the leaders.

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