Santos restore hope with desperate win in Magnum JN KSAFA Super League
Santos again reproduced their trait to thrive on adversity, when they defeated Rockfort 2-0 on Saturday in the Magnum JN KSAFA Super League at the Constant Spring.
The match was the first game of a doubleheader.
In the second game, a cross-zone fixture between Meadforest FC and Real Mona FC, the teams battled to a goalless draw. Both Zone A teams have already qualified for the quarter-finals and their positions remain unchanged, with Real Mona (17 points) second and Meadforest (13) fourth. Barbican lead with 23 points, with Molynes United third on 14.
Earlier, the victory for Santos lifted them off the bottom of the Zone B standings to eight points, the same as Mountain View FC and Rockfort FC. With four of the six teams set to advance to the quarter-finals and the last-place team set for demotion, the Carlton ‘Spanner’ Dennis-coached Santos produced a determined effort to fight off Rockfort and improve their chances of surviving the drop.
Clive Jarrett gave Santos the lead at the 37th minute and Sherton McPherton settled the issue by finishing a corner kick with a superb volley from the top of the 18 yards box with the clock reading 90+3 minutes.
“Last year it was the same thing, our back was against the wall. I came back here and I said to them ‘we’ve two games and we must get the points we need to stay up’. And I must commend the team, they really fought today,” said Dennis.
Leaders Central Kingston, Brown’s Town and third-place Boys’ Town are already in the quarters. However, the bottom three can swing in any direction depending on the result in their final preliminary match.
“It’s not done. Brown’s Town already qualified and if we win that game we’re in the quarter-finals, so we’re giving it our best shot,” said Dennis. “We’re well motivated now so we’re going to give it a shot.”
Rockfort, in the meantime, were left to bemoan their failures after creating enough chances to win.
“I told my team before that it’s a derby game … Santos is in the relegation zone so they’re coming hard and it will be more motivation for them,” said Clive Brown, head coach of Rockfort FC.
“I’m feeling disappointed because we created chances, we just didn’t score. At the end of the day they say with hard work everything is possible, I guess we didn’t work hard enough,” Brown further said.