Pri­ory win keeps RSPL dream alive

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

IT’S A wide open race for the two avail­able spots in next sea­son’s Red Stripe Premier League fol­low­ing round three in the Mag­num-JB Charley-Ja­maica Football Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) play-off.

Pri­ory edged Rivoli 1-0 at Drax Hall, St Ann, while Cav­a­lier SC and San­dals South Coast played to a 1-1 draw at Crocs Lawn in West­more­land in yes­ter­day’s games.

At Drax Hall, hosts Pri­ory started off the game with some good pos­ses­sion and at­tempts at goal and the all-im­por­tant goal came from a shot just out­side the area from Ja­mar Stud­dart that beat Rivoli’s goal­keeper Shan­non Bart­ley in the 31st minute.

Rivoli looked bet­ter in the sec­ond half as Jeremy Nel­son, sub­sti­tute Ross Bur­ton and Owen Wal­ters had some good com­bi­na­tions. How­ever, Pri­ory’s de­fense led by Vi­vian Hinds, held on for a vic­tory that pro­pelled them to four points.

GOOD MO­MEN­TUM

Coach of Pri­ory, Al­bert Car­nakie, was very happy for the three points that kept his team in con­tention for pro­mo­tion.

“It was a very im­por­tant game based on the points ta­ble. This win eases a lot of pres­sure off the team. It is a good mo­men­tum go­ing for­ward and will mo­ti­vate the team,” Car­nakie told The Gleaner im­me­di­ately af­ter the game.

“I think that with four points, based on what is hap­pen­ing, we have a good chance. But, we don’t want to lose any more games,” he added.

Los­ing coach An­thony Thomp­son was very up­set with his team’s per­for­mance and in­di­cated that there could be changes.

“I am dis­ap­pointed, as the play­ers failed to carry out in­struc­tions. I

have to try some­thing dif­fer­ent in the next game against Cav­a­lier on Wednesday at Sta­dium East,” a vis­i­bly up­set Thomp­son said.

With the first-leg games com­pleted, Cav­a­lier and San­dals South Coast are locked at the top on five points apiece, closely fol­lowed by Pri­ory SA on four points, and Rivoli United in last po­si­tion on one point.

Yes­ter­day’s re­sults:

I Pri­ory SA 1 Rivoli United 0 I San­dals South Coast 1 Cav­a­lier 1

It was a very im­por­tant game based on the points ta­ble. This win eases a lot of pres­sure off the team. It is a good mo­men­tum go­ing for­ward and will mo­ti­vate the team.

RI­CARDO MAKYN/MUL­TI­ME­DIA PHOTO ED­I­TOR

Pri­ory Academy’s Mau­rico Gordon (left) goes up for a ball with Rivoli’s Mario Mather­son in their match at Drax Hall in St Ann, in the Mag­num-JB Charley Premier League play-off yes­ter­day.

Rivoli United’s coach An­thony Thomp­son.

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