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Violet Kickers, Club Ville to battle for last spot in St James FA/ATL Div One final

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former champions Violet Kickers and Club Ville will meet today at the UDC field in the return leg of their St James Football Association Sandals/ATL Division One semi-final as they seek to join Bogue FC in the final set for next week.

Both teams wasted a number of good scoring chances in last week's first leg, also played at the UDC field, but today's game is a play-to- the-finish encounter. A lot will be at stake as, in addition to qualifying for the final, the finalists will also be promoted to the Senior League next season.

On Monday, Bogue FC secured their place in the final with a pulsating 3-2 overtime win against title favourites Cambridge United in their second leg-semi-finals at the UDC field, for a 4-2 aggregate victory.

Bogue FC, who led 1-0 from the first leg played a week earlier, finished the game with nine players after two players were sent off —Ryan Allen in the second half of regulation time and Sidamo Wright in the second half of extra-time.

Despite trailing from the first leg, Cambridge United, who lost just once in the regular season for the last two years, should have been able to overhaul the deficit, but wasted numerous scoring opportunities and committed crucial mistakes.

After coming into the game with a 1-0 lead, Niel Stevens doubled the advantage in the 38th minute, but Cambridge United clawed their way back with two goals late in the second half, from Anthony McLeod in the 67th minute and Tahjay Kelly in the 85th minute to force extra time at 2-2 on aggregate.

They, however, failed to capitalise on the momentum, as Bogue FC made full use of lapses by the Cambridge United defence with a goal in each half of extra time from Christopher Johnson and Danville Lloyd.

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