Friday 16 November, 2018

Sandals beat Priory 2-1 to move closer to Premier League promotion

Rivoli's Fabian Gordon (right) challenges Swayne Thomas (centre) of Cavalier during their  Magnum/Charley's JB JFF Premier League play-off match at Stadium East on Wednesday. Rivoli's goalscorer Mario Mathenson gets ready to join the action. The game ended 1-1.

Rivoli's Fabian Gordon (right) challenges Swayne Thomas (centre) of Cavalier during their  Magnum/Charley's JB JFF Premier League play-off match at Stadium East on Wednesday. Rivoli's goalscorer Mario Mathenson gets ready to join the action. The game ended 1-1.

Western Confederation champions Sandals South Coast moved a step closer to gain promotion to next season's Red Stripe Premier League, following a 2-1 home victory against Priory in their return-leg match of the Magnum/Charley's JB JFF Premier League play-off on Wednesday.

The match was played at the Crocs Lawn in Westmoreland.

Ron Daley and Carvel Blake scored for Sandals South Coast, while Ricky Miller got the goal for Priory, the Eastern Central champions.

With the other play-off match between KSAFA champions Cavalier and South Central champions Rivoli United ending in a 1-1 draw at the Stadium East field, the results mean that Sandals South Coast are now a win away from qualifying for top-flight football.

With two set of matches remaining in the four-team play-off, Sandals South Coast have moved atop the standings with eight points, two clear of second place Cavalier on six, while Priory, from St Ann, remain in third place on four points and Rivoli United at the bottom on two.

In the match at Stadium East, Davonte Francis gave Cavalier a 59th minute lead with Mario Mathenson equalizing for Rivoli in the 87th minute.

Cavalier had the advantage territorially and dictated the action for most of the match, although not using that dominance to create many clear opportunities.

Rivoli, Cavalier showdown

Cavalier got the two best opportunities of the match, with one in each half and both falling at the feet of attacking midfielder Ryan Miller, who skied both efforts from inside the six-yard box with only goalkeeper Andrew Brown to beat.

It was an indirect free kick, however, that resulted in their opening goal. It came after goalkeeper Brown took up a back pass on the right of his six-yard box. The ball was played to the edge of the area to Kemar Shaw, who fired a tame shot to Brown, which he spilled and resulted in a melee inside the area. It ended when Francis poked home from almost the goal line.

Cavalier would continue to hold the advantage, but they failed to put numbers in attack, contented to hold out for the win and they paid almost at the death when Mathenson headed home from a short corner, after he beat goalkeeper Jeadine White to the ball, just outside the six-yard box.