Seba sent packing in St James KO
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Seba FC's return to club football in St James got off to a losing start on Friday afternoon as they were eliminated from the first round of the Captain's Bakery and Grill Knockout, beaten 3-0 by Lilliput Rovers in the second game of the opening triple-header at Jarrett Park.
Seba FC, who changed their name from North Gully Ambassadors this season, were dominated by a fitter and more organised Lilliput Rovers team and played the final 53 minutes of the game with 10 players after central defender Franklyn Allen was sent off in the first half.
Meanwhile, Granville United and Revelation FC also advanced to the second round after wins over Montego Bay United's Under-21 and Heights United, respectively, on Friday, while on Saturday, Melbourne FC beat Granville City 2-0.
Three more first-round games will be played today: Irwin FC vs Copperwood at Irwin High School, Club Stars vs Little Miami at Wyndham, and Catherine Hall vs Fogo United at the UDC field.
On Friday, Lilliput raced to a quick 3-0 lead against a badly organised Seba FC team, despite the presence of dozens of long-time fans who came out to see the team play under their original name and in their familiar red and green colours.
Kemar Reynolds in the eighth minute, Chaves Campbell 10 minutes later and Okeve Lewis in the 22nd minute spoiled Seba's return, setting the Paradise Row-based team back on their heels and prompting a slew of first-half changes.
The straight red card shown to Allen by referee Veralton Nembhard after the veteran player brought down a Lilliput player could have opened the floodgates, but a combination of grit by the Seba players and wasted chances by the overanxious Lilliput players resulted in no more goals, despite numerous chances.
In the feature game of the day, Western Confederation Super League club Granville United recovered from a first-minute goal from Montego Bay United's Santino Grignon to win 4-1.
After being rocked back on their heels by the mostly high school aggregation, Granville United drew level in the 18th minute when Oniel Pringle scored from a brilliant free kick that sailed over the wall and lodged high into the far corner of the goal.
A foul on Odean Snow just inside the penalty box by Kyle Anderson resulted in a penalty kick that was converted by Rohan Bernard in the 38th minute, as Granville took the lead.
Snow scored his first goal for Granville this season in the 78th minute, while Val Armstrong added a fourth in the 89th minute.
In the first game, Sebastian Robinson's 36th-minute goal was enough for Revelation FC to beat Heights FC 1-0.
In Saturday's lone game, Andre Brown scoring in the 21st minute and Fremon Allen in the 47th sent Melbourne FC through to the second round ahead of Granville City in their game at the UDC field.