AAAAH!! Hopewell United’s Conrod Reid (airborne) acrobatically takes possession of the ball ahead of the admiring Kemar Black of Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club during last weekend’s Charley’s JB Rum Western CONFED Super League Zone One match at the UDC field. MBBGC won their first game of the season, beating their opponents 2-1. – Noelita Lawrence photo

Noelita Lawrence

After just one round, anticipation is mounting ahead of this weekend’s Saturday and Sunday (January 20 and 21) scheduled start of return round action in the Charley’s JB Rum Western CONFED Super Football League.

Teams that made slow starts to the League will be vying for crucial points to close the stagger and remain in the hunt for a berth in the mid-season finale, when the second leg of the competitive League kicks into gear.

After round one, Faulkland and Reggae Youths are leaders of their respective zones with sixteen (16) and thirteen (13) points respectively, with Beaches Negril, Harmony and Grand Palladium the next best.

Perennial semi-finalists and former champions Granville, the only team still without a win, will be idle after their scheduled match against Clarks Town (Granville Community Centre) has been postponed.

The youthfully assembled Granville is rooted at the foot of Zone Two without a point after five outings.

In games that will go on, last year’s beaten finalists, Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club, still oozing from their first triumph go for back-to-back wins when they challenge Harmony at the Sir Linval Crawford Oval, Bounty Hall in Sunday’s lone game.

Elsewhere on Saturday, early frontrunners, the free-scoring Faulkland, on the prowl for a League-leading fifth win, entertain struggling Roaring River at Jarrett Park.

Faulkland in only their second season in the CONFED reached the semi-finals last year and is the team to beat so far this campaign, having already banged in 16 goals against three allowed.

Another former champion Wadadah, with a game in hand and on the back of two drawn results, will be looking to return to winning ways and keep pace with the top two when they challenge second placed Grand Palladium at UDC.

The round will be completed on Tuesday.

All matches are scheduled to get underway at 3 p.m.

Saturday, Jan 20

Faulkland vs Roaring River @J Park

Wadadah vs Grand Palladium@ UDC   

Sunday, Jan 21

Harmony vs MBBGC @Sir Linval Crawford Oval