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Minnows August town topple giants H'View

...Set up Jackie Bell KO final with Tivoli Gardens

Tuesday, February 04, 2014    

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Defending champions Harbour View were eliminated from the 2013/2014 Jamaica Yellow Pages/KSAFA Jackie Bell Knockout competition at the semi-final stage courtesy of a 1-0 win by August Town at Stadium East on Sunday.

In the feature game of a double-header, Kemar Bryan's 63rd minute strike was enough to propel August Town into the final against three-time winners Tivoli Gardens. The latter brushed aside Boys' Town 5-1 on penalties after regulation and extra time saw them locked 1-1.

The final is set for March 5 at the Drewsland Mini Stadium.

The curtain-raiser, which was a drab affair, Boys' Town took the lead through Peter Keyes, who put the Collie Smith Drive boys ahead in the seventh minute.

On the other hand, Tivoli Gardens who never really looked like scoring, drew level late in the first half after Boys' Town defender Asrick Samuels beat his own goalkeeper Kirk Porter in a goalmouth tangle.

Tivoli Gardens, who faltered so badly against Waterhouse in the Flow Cup Final in penalty kicks, were on this occasion majestic with their players being spot-on from 12 yards.

In the feature game, Harbour View who are the Red Strip Premier League champions and leaders of the current RSPL standings, failed to ignite the evening with a below par performance against a team that sits at the bottom of the RSPL 12-team standings.

But credit must be given to August Town, who it is safe to say, matched the outgoing Jackie Bell KO champions in every department.

At game's end, August Town coach Baris Johnson was overjoyed. "August Town is a unit that has begun to believe in themselves... the team displayed some of that belief in the game, but at this stage it is still work in progress as we still have a long way to go yet," he said.

His opposite number, Harold Thomas, said the key reason for Harbour View's defeat was their failure "to maximise effort in the final third".

— Hurbun Williams

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