Mount Pleasant won the Magnum Eastern Confederation Super League crown on Sunday when they defeated Albion Mount 4-3 on penalties at Drax Hall. Both teams had battled to a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation and extra-time.
Mount Pleasant took the lead in the 30th minute through Kesslan Hall, who was on hand to double the lead in the 39th before a 43rd-minute goal from Albion Mountain’s Dwayne Silvera cut the deficit. Christopher Plunkett pulled the scores level in the 70th.
“Albion came out strong, they gave us a good fight. But we knew that we would have pulled through,” said David Galloway, manager of the Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis-coached Mount Pleasant.
Albion’s head coach, Lincoln Small, thought they made a tactical blunder by substituting their starting goalie for the shoot-out.
“We made the switch and paid the price,” said Small. “I think the game was even in one sense, but we should’ve won the game even before it reached penalties. But such is finals. You know penalty kicks is always a tedious thing and for these young youths, the pressure would always be hard on them.”
The victory kept Mount Pleasant on course to satisfying part of their long-term goal of qualifying for the Premier League, as the Magnum Eastern Confederation champion now advances to the four-team all-island play-offs.
Winners of the respective Super Leagues – Western Confederation, South Central Confederation and Kingston and St. Andrew Football Association – will also make the playoffs, from which two will qualify for the nation’s top-flight competition.
“It’s a good feeling. At least it only takes us one step closer to our vision and our dream of reaching the premier league. If we hadn’t crossed this hurdle we would not be in the race to continue on our journey to the National Premier League,” assessed Galloway.