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Molynes United book RSPL spot with a game to spare

Molynes United gained historic qualification to the Red Stripe Premier League following their 3-0 win over Downs FC yesterday at the Constant Spring field, in the Jamaica Football Federation Play-offs.


Molynes, with their fifth- consecutive win, remained on top of the seven-team group with 15 points, with one set of games remaining. They are two points ahead of Vere United, who trounced Baptiste Alliance 6-1 on Saturday to be on the cusp of qualification with 13 points.

Former Premier League champions Wadadah defeated Faulkland FC 7-3 in their St James derby and kept their slim hopes of promotion alive with 10 points. Baptiste Alliance of St Thomas ended their campaign on seven points from their six games.

Wadadah, with a plus-10 goal difference, will have to beat Downs FC on the final day and pray that Vere United, who have a plus-13 goal difference, lose at home to Molynes United next Sunday so they can sneak through on goal difference.

Molynes United FC, which was formed in 1991, had a muted celebration at Constant Spring, probably knowing that they had done the hard work before in the last few weeks and it was a matter of time before they made it official.

Tyrick Sutherland fired them ahead after just seven minutes before Ackeem Stewart doubled their advantage in minute 79. Patrick Shecklude put the icing on the cake from the penalty spot in the 88th minute.

It was historic moment for Molynes United and a great achievement for coach Lijyasu Simms, who was taking his third team to the Premier League.

“Molynes has created so much history. They were in the Super League final for the first time, they have won a trophy for the first time in 30 years, and this is third in a row for me. I brought Meadhaven, Maverley, and now Molynes,” said Simms.

“We started the game with most of the players a little bit nervous. We needed a point, but we have been talking all week in training that we need three points. They got a little flustered, emotions got the better of them; but I gathered them at half-time and got their heads back together, and it was a different second half,” Simms noted.

Molynes United is now the seventh team from the powerful Kingston and St Andrew Football Federation (KSAFA) that will be in the nation’s 12-team top flight. The club joins neighbours Waterhouse FC, Cavalier, Arnett Gardens, Tivoli Gardens, Harbour View and the University of The West Indies (UWI).

“We want to take a day next week to walk the community of Molynes, because people know that it’s a community of crime and we want to use the players to bring peace to the community. Then we finished down at Clarendon against Vere,” said Simms.

— Howard Walker

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