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Heights, Marl Road end first leg in draw

Friday, June 06, 2014    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James -- Favourites Heights FC and Marl Road are tied at 2-2 after the first-leg final of the St James Football Association's Weston King/Dennis Barton Division One at Jarrett Park on Wednesday evening.

Marl Road came from behind twice to earn the draw going into Sunday's return leg at the same venue and could have stolen the lead after Heights went down to 10 players late in the second half.

Meanwhile, a blunder by officials in the Guardian Life Division Two first-leg final allowed Faulkland SC to lead Somerton

FC 2-1.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Faulkland SC were awarded a penalty kick after Elquemendo Pearce fouled a player in the box in the 89th minute.

Peter Lee Vassell's penalty kick hit the base of the goal post and the same player reacted first and hit the ball into the goal, contrary to FIFA's rules that say the same player cannot kick the ball before it is touched by another player.

Sanjay Duffus had given Faulkland SC the lead in the 42nd minute before Marvin Ellis equalised in the 49th minute and both teams battled for the edge.

Pearce's unfortunate action, however, grabbing the Faulkland SC player as he raced past him killed off his team's chances of earning a draw and ending Faulkland SC's season-long winning run.

There was also a red card in the Division One game as Heights FC's Troy Smith reacted to a rough tackle by chasing down and slapping a Marl Road player and was sent off in the 80th minute.

Heights FC led 2-1 at the time, but with the advantage Marl Road managed to equalise soon after the red card incident.

Neil Clarke gave Heights FC the lead in the 42nd minute, but Kerron Thompson equalised in the 57th from the penalty spot.

A terrific left-footer from substitute Oshane Martin in the 63rd restored Heights FC's lead before Jason Thompson scored in the 83rd minute for Marl Road as both teams will go into Sunday's return leg on level terms.

-- Paul Reid

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