Sunday 20 October, 2019

Grays Inn are St Mary Major League champions

Axum SC’s Cecil Bell (right) attempts to control the ball ahead of Grays Inn’s captain Howard Malcolm  during the 2019 JP St Mary’s/St Mary Football Association Major League Finals on Sunday July 14, 2019 at Westmoreland Oval.

Axum SC’s Cecil Bell (right) attempts to control the ball ahead of Grays Inn’s captain Howard Malcolm during the 2019 JP St Mary’s/St Mary Football Association Major League Finals on Sunday July 14, 2019 at Westmoreland Oval.

Grays Inn SC scored a dramatic 5-4 penalty shootout win over Axum SC to win the final of the JP St Mary’s/St Mary Football Association Major League at the Westmoreland Oval on Sunday.

The teams played out a 1-1 full and extra time draw before goalkeeper Tevin Tucker saved the penultimate spot-kick from Axum.  Substitute Adrian Smith then ensured victory when he put away the final penalty for Grays Inn, which now gained promotion to the Super League.

Kelvin Williams had earlier given Grays Inn a first-half lead before Hellilide Dean equalized early in the second half to push the game into extra-time where no further goals were scored.

Grays Inn SC captain Howard Malcolm was pleased with his team performance during the season.

“It’s been a hard fight from the Super League, we didn’t win a game so we decided that we were going to train hard for the Major League…and we came out victorious today, it’s overwhelming.”

Grays Inn received a cash prize of $120,000 for winning the title, while Axum walked away with $100,000.

Highgate United beat Albion Mountain 3-2 in the third-place playoff and received $80,000.

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts said that based on what he had seen at the final on Sunday, football in the eastern side of Jamaica was on the improve.

“I am very, very excited that the prospects of what will happen in eastern Jamaica based on what I saw this evening. I think the game was really worthy of being a final, it was very competitive, went down to penalties. I must congratulate both teams, the quality of the football was good and it certainly augurs well for football in eastern Jamaica.”

 

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