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Tight Race

…as return round of Western Confed begins

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, January 10, 2019

GRANVILLE, St James — Former champions Granville United could return to the top of the points table in Zone 1 of the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley's JB Rum Super League when the return round starts on Saturday with two games.

Granville United, who are in second place on 10 points, three behind leaders Faulkland FC, are set to host Lucea United, while promoted Somerton FC, still seeking their first point, are scheduled to be at home to former champions Sandals South Coast at the Dumfries Community Centre. Both games have been given 3:00 pm starting times.

Four more games are to be played on Sunday (January 13); Faulkland FC against Harmony at Bounty Hall; Zone 2 leaders Falmouth United play away against Grand Palladium at the Collin Miller Sports Complex in Lucea; Hopewell United host Reggae Youths at Orchard, while defending champions Wadadah FC make the trip to Delveland PYC.

Granville rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 4-1 win over Somerton FC on Sunday last, and face a Lucea FC team that they edged 1-0 in the opening round last month.

Ewan Barton, Granville's top scorer, who sat out Sunday's win, should return against a Lucea FC team that showed flashes of quality, including a 2-0 win over Sandals South Coast, but have scored just three goals in their first three games.

At Dumfries, Sandals South Coast are seeking back-to-back wins after snapping Harmony FC's unbeaten run on Sunday.

Sandals South Coast after defeating Somerton FC 5-1 in their opening game on their return from the Red Stripe Premier League, then struggled, losing their next three games to slide down the points ladder. Somerton FC have conceded a league-high 17 goals, and are desperate for points.

On Sunday, the Harmony FC vs Faulkland FC game is the premier encounter as after their 1-1 draw in the first-round at Jarrett Park, the search for a win is well and truly on.

While Faulkland FC have gone on to win their next four games, Harmony FC stumbled against Sandals South Coast Sunday, and as such want to rebound immediately to avoid falling too far from the leaders.

A win for Harmony FC would result in what could be a tight three-team race for the leadership and a place in the mid-season final, while a win for Faulkland FC would open up a gap at the top.

Falmouth United are seeking their fourth straight win and are hoping to do better than their 3-2 margin in the first-round when they take on Grand Palladium who picked up six points in their last two games after three straight losses to start the season.

Defending champions Wadadah FC are hunting a victory to put an end to their two-game losing skid, when they travel to Delveland to face the newcomers who are on six points, three behind the St James club.

After qualifying for the semi-finals last season, Reggae Youths have lost all five games played and seem to be struggling both on and off the field, with three games forfeited.

They put up a good show against Falmouth United Sunday and now face second-place Hopewell United, who are coming off a morale boosting win over Wadadah FC, at home.

Reggae Youths have scored one goal all season and face the best defence on paper, as Hopewell United have only allowed one goal in during their five games played.