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Hopewell United win Hanover FA knockout

Thursday, June 28, 2018

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LUCEA, Hanover — Hopewell United won the Hanover Football Association Island Lux Beach Park / Negril and MP Ian Hayles Western Hanover/CDF Hanover FA knock-out competition on Sunday after beating Super Star YC 4-3 on penalty kicks in the final played at the Watson-Taylor Park in Lucea.

The teams played out a 1-1 draw in regulation and extra time with both teams scoring within seconds of each other.

Kemario Monroe gave Super Star YC the lead in the 11th minute, but Romario Distin levelled for Hopewell United seconds later.

Super Star YC won the Major League mid-season title earlier, but failed to get the better of the Western Confederation Super League team.

The teams booked their spots in the final after semi-final wins last week when Hopewell United blanked Johnson Town 2-0 and Super Star FC beat Esher 2-1.

Both of Hopewell United's goals came in the second half as Distin gave them the lead in the 49th minute, just before teenager Tyrique Clarke added a second in the 62nd minute.

Monroe scored in the 14th minute and Shaquille Brown scored in the 23rd minute to give Super Star FC a 2-0 lead, but Renaldo Diaz pulled one back for Esher in the 80th minute.

Hopewell United blanked Claremont United 5-0 in their first round, then beat Sandy Bay FC 4-3 on penalty kicks, after playing out a 2-2 draw in their second-round game.

Super Star FC were impressive in the early rounds, with 5-0 wins over Logwood United and Rock Spring Rockers.

— Paul Reid

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