Petrojam, NCB win Business House Football titles
Defending champions Petrojam and National Commercial Bank (NCB) emerged winners of Division One and Division Two, respectively, in the Western Sports-sponsored Business House Football competition at Emmet Park on Saturday.
Petrojam won their third straight Division One title when they defeated former champions Scotiabank Group 4-2 on penalties after both teams played to a 0-0 full and extra time draw.
In the curtain raiser NCB defeated former kingpins Grace Kennedy 3-1. Dellon Dixon scored a brace in the 24th and the 40th minutes to give NCB a 2-0 first half lead. George Clarke make it 3-0 in the 80th minute, but Grace Kennedy got the consolation in the 85th minute when NCB defender Omar Houslin scored an own goal.
In the Division One final, Petrojam had to work hard to retain their title, as Scotiabank wanted to make a good day for the financial sector. The game was an open affair with both teams missing easy scoring opportunities. Donovan Hibbert, Anthony Greenland and Jamoy Sibbles failed to give the bankers the lead, while Aphas Bernard, Richardo Monroe and David Stultz, had Scotiabank Group's goalkeeper Marlon Henry working overtime with some excellent saves.
The second half was a replica of the first, but in the 70th minute, Scotiabank got a golden opportunity to take the lead when a cross from Jamoy Sibbles was handled by defender Marvin Powell, and referee Carvel Banton awarded a penalty.
The resulting kick by Richard West hit the upright, even as goalkeeper Damion Campbell just stooped and watched with his hands behind him.
The game went into extra time and then the dreaded penalty shoot-out. Captain Damion Gordon and Sibbles missed for Scotiabank, while Stefan Bartley and Jermaine Gardener scored.
Andrew Palmer, David Stultz, Tyrone Davis and Cornelius Simms all scored for Petrojam to lift the trophy, which was dedicated to their ailing and former coach Raymond Quallo.
NCB and Petrojam will now meet in the challenge competition on Thursday, to decide who will meet the St Ann's Business House Football champion in the Champion of Champion.