Champions Barbican lead Zone A sweep of semis spots in Super League
The semi-finals of the Magnum JN KSAFA Super League will be a Zone A affair as all four qualifiers sent their opponents from Zone B packing in quarter-final matches on the weekend.
Zone A winners Barbican FC remained on course to retain their title and third-place finishers Molynes United FC ousted last year’s beaten finalists, Brown’s Town, as both clubs sealed their spot in the semi-finals with quarter-final wins on Saturday night.
On Sunday, Real Mona FC and Meadforest FC continued the trend, each scoring two goals on the way to securing a path to the championship.
The only unbeaten this season, Barbican rallied from a goal down to defeat Santos 2-1 in the feature game of the double-header. The Carlton ‘Spanner’ Dennis-coached Santos jumped into the lead on Shelton McPherson’s goal.
However, the Chris James-coached Barbican roared back to secure the win with goals from Romaine Hosang and Maurice Wilson.
“I would always tell you that once Santos and ‘Spanner’ come into any game they’re going to be well organised, so I expected a very tough game,” said James of their match against the fourth-place Zone B finishers. “We should have put away the chances early, but we gave up a cheap goal and gave them some hope. But in the end, we prevailed.”
James noted that the semis is a new ball game.
“The last four teams, all of them came from Zone A, which means we start over again now,” he assessed. “Barbican will play Real Mona. We played them twice, but the results don’t mean anything at this time because this is a knockout and it’s a matter of who wants it more. It’ going to be competitive with both semi-finals.”
Brown’s Town, based on their form all season and runners-up in Zone B, were expected to give a better account of themselves but were shown the door by Molynes United, which prevailed on a goal from regular scorer, Patrick Shecklude.
Zone A teams extended their winning sequence on Sunday night, highlighted by the largely unexpected 2-1 victory by newly-promoted Meadforest, which finished fourth in the preliminaries, over Zone B winners, Central Kingston, which had been hot with wins and goals while playing some good, attractive football all season.
Ian Davis (29th minute) and Dillon Edwards (35th) handed the Karume Huie-coached Meadforest a comfortable 2-0 lead in the first half.
Central Kingston halved the deficit six minutes into the second when talented Ronaldo Henry buried a penalty at the 51st minute, awarded for handball from a thunderous shot off a partially cleared corner kick.
Meadforest, however, did not flinch, as they stay composed and played a better team game.
Meanwhile, Real Mona's second generation delivered the goods in a 2-0 win over demoted Premier League team Boys’ Town that put them into the semis, ensuring a clean sweep of the four spots by Zone A teams.