Saturday 6 June, 2020

Molynes United beat Downs to gain Premier League promotion

Molynes United will play in the country's top tier football competition, the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) next season, after defeating Downs FC of Manchester 3-0 in the Jamaica Football Federation RSPL play-offs on Sunday.

Tyrick Sutherland (seventh minute), Akeem Stewart (78th minute) and Patrick Shecklude (89th minute) scored the goals for Molynes United and handed the Lijyasu Simms-coached team its fifth successive win from as many games. 

They lead the seven-team play-offs with maximum 15 points, two ahead of second-place Vere United, which whipped Baptiste United 6-1 to virtually secure the other promotion spot with one set of games remaining.

Vere United and Molynes FC will meet in the final round to decide the winner of the playoffs. However, defeat for Vere United could pave the way for Wadadah FC to join Molynes FC into the RSPL.

Wadadah FC, which are in third place on 10 points, can join Vere United on 13 points with a victory in their final match providing that the Clarendon-based team lose, which will see goal difference comes into play.  Vere United have a goal difference of 13 compared to Wadada FC's 10.

On Sunday. Swayne Thomas scored a double in Vere Technical's 6-1 victory over Baptiste Alliance. Thomas' goals came in the 55th and 75th minutes. An own goal in the 30th minute had handed Vere United a 1-0 lead, while Renoir Elliott (42nd minute), Zain Hylton (60th minute) and Orlando Ricketts (88th minute) were also on target.

Leonardo Campbell scored the consolation goal for Baptiste Alliance in the 84th minute.

Wadadah FC kept their slim chance alive courtesy of a 7-3 victory over fellow Western Confederation Super League team Faulkland FC at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay.

Obrien Robinson scored a hat-trick for Wadadah FC. His goals came in the 14th, 28th and 47th minutes. Tyshan Hill (17th minute),  Akeem Smith  (78th and 87th minutes) and Remani Pennington (86th minute) scores the other goals for Wadadah FC.

Chevoy Watkins (38th minute), Stephen Hood (66th minute)  and Curtis Palmer (77th minute) found the back of the net for Faulkland FC.

This year saw an increase in teams competing under a new format. Seven teams are now involved in the playoffs. They will play each other once (six games per team) and at the end of the play-offs, the top two teams will qualify for the country's top tier football competition - Red Stripe Premier League - to replace Montego Bay United of St James and Westmoreland's Reno who were relegated following this season.

Last season's format saw four teams playing six games in home-and-away ties.


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