Petrojam rule supreme in Business House KO final
DEFENDING champions Petrojam continue to dominate Business House after they clipped first-time entrants Spanish Grain Store 2-1 in the final of the Scotiabank-sponsored Kingston and St Andrew Business House Football Knockout competition on Sunday at the Red Stripe Oval.
In an evenly contested game, the star-studded Spanish Grain Store took the lead in the 30th minute after a breakaway by Ranique Muir resulted in goalkeeper Damion Campbell bringing him down in the penalty box for referee Karl Tyrell to award a penalty.
Hughan Grey scored the resulting spot kick for the lead, which they maintained for only six minutes, as Petrojam got the equaliser when Kirk Ramsay scored after heading a cross from Andrew Christie into the goal.
The second half was a replica of the first, with both goal tenders keeping their teams in the game with excellent saves.
Jovell Plunkett denied Kirk Ramsay, Jarron Richards and Andrew Christie from scoring, while Damion Campbell's positioning in goal was perfect, as he saved shots from Juvani Benjamin, Vincent Earle, Jameel Thompson, and Hugh Howell.
Petrojam got the winner in the 79th minute when Kemar Flemming brought down Renae Lloyd in the box for a penalty. The resulting spot kick by Andrew Christie was punched away by the diving Plunkett, but Christie reacted quickest to boot the rebound into an empty goal.
The final minutes saw Spanish Grain Store going all out for the equaliser, but Ramone McGregor, Marvin Powell, Omar Walcott, Jarron Richards, Tyrone Davis, and Campbell defended stoutly to the final whistle. Petrojam were winning their fourth knockout title and their third-straight knockout title since 2009.
Meanwhile, the semi-finals of the Western Sports-sponsored Division One tomorrow will see defending champions Petrojam playing former champions NWC at the UWI Bowl and Metrodade Protection Security Company playing Carib Cement at Alpha Boys' Home.
The Division Two competitions will be played on Thursday. Spanish Grain Store, UWI and Red Stripe have so far qualified for the semi-finals. The final preliminary match to decide the last semi-finalist will be played today when Pepsi Jamaica and Xerox meet at the Red Stripe Oval at 214 Spanish Town Road.