Strugglers notch big upset in Magnum KSAFA Super League
The fight to stay alive inspired favoured results for Zone B teams that have found it very difficult to win - Santos FC and Rockfort FC - in Friday night’s Magnum KSAFA Super League matches at the Constant Spring Complex.
Santos, without a win all season, created the bigger upset in beating nemesis and group leaders Central Kingston 1-0. Dante Green scored the all-important goal at the 88th minute when he sweetly volleyed an assist from Sherton McPherson across the goalie and into the far side of the net.
It ended a long-suffering sequence of matches for Santos against their bordering city rivals, a period that Central Kingston’s head coach, Vincent Watson, stretches back to 18 years. The loss also kept Central Kingston on 18 points.
Now that they have ended the drought, Santos moved off the bottom of the standings to five points, the same as Mountain View, which have an inferior goal difference.
The bottom-placed team in each of the two zones will be relegated to the Magnum KSAFA Major League next season, while the top four in each zone will advance to the quarter-finals in the Super League.
Rockfort advanced their cause for a quarter-final spot by defeating second-place Brown’s Town 2-1 in the night’s other game. Scorers for Rockfort were Calvin Campbell, with a goal at the fifth minute and Tevin Brown, who squeezed in a 90th-minute winner from a very acute angle, after the goalkeeper had advanced to shut him down and leave the goal unprotected. Dillon McEnnis, whose team remained on 16 points, scored a penalty for Brown’s Town at the 64th minute.
“It means a whole lot to me, it’s a community effort,” said Clive Brown, head coach of Rockfort. “A lot of people don’t know these players are playing the football for little or nothing. Every time we put in the hard work and come out victorious I’m so happy, every time we lose I have sleepless nights.”
They have two remaining preliminary games and Brown says they are focused solely on securing maximum points.
“We’re going for all or nothing. We’re going out there to win those two games,” he noted.
They had gone through an unlucky spell as they lost matches despite playing well and creating good chances, but Brown said an inspirational talk revived his players.
“Hats off to our president. This week she brought in two motivational speakers and it paid off,” he admitted.
Highlighting the major differences this time, Brown said: “I think defensively we were sound, other than giving up the penalty. We finished chances today … that’s one of the major pluses for the team today, we scored goals.”
Rockfort, a semi-finalist in the last five seasons, stayed a clear fourth as they advanced to eight points, five less than third-place Boys’ Town.
Boys’ Town have surged with the acquisition of former national striker and goalscoring ace, Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, whose goals in the last two matches earned them maximum six points. He will be the biggest threat to Mountain View, when they meet in the first game of the Magnum Super League cross zone double-header at Constant Spring on Sunday.
The second match will be played between Zone A leaders and defending champions, Barbican, which have 17 points and Maxfield Park, which sit bottom of the table on two points.
There will also be three Zone B Magnum KSAFA Major League games. They are Bull Bay FC vs Allman/Woodford FC at Bull Pen, Greenwich Town FC vs Liguanea United FC at Tinson Pen and August Town FC vs Swallowfield FC at UWI Bowl, Mona. All matches are set to begin at 3:00 p.m.
Santos 1 Central Kingston 0
Rockfort 2 Brown's Town 1