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Somerton are St James FA Div Two champs

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Thursday, June 12, 2014    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Somerton FC shocked red-hot favourites Faulkland SC with a come-from-behind 3-1 win in Sunday's return-leg finals of the St James Football Association's Guardian Group Division Two competition at Jarrett Park for a 4-3 aggregate win and the title.

Faulkland SC had won last Wednesday's first leg 2-1, thanks to a controversial penalty kick and took an early lead on Sunday before the South St James club stormed back with three unanswered goals to snatch the title from the Montego Bay-based team.

It was the first loss for Faulkland SC all season but Somerton also avenged their only loss as well.

After going through the entire season without conceding a goal, the Faukland SC defence disintegrated allowing six goals in their final four games, at crucial intervals.

Cambridge United SC had scored once in each leg of the semi-finals against Faulkland SC, while Somerton scored once in the first leg of the finals then exploded for three on Sunday.

Claude Wheatly, manager for the Somerton team, told the Jamaica Observer on Sunday they were never in awe of the Faulkland SC team that was mostly high school players.

The Somerton team is comprised solely of players from the upper St James district, and Wheatley said, "We never doubted ourselves, we have a good mixture of experience and youth and we never felt like underdogs."

He said that while Faulkland SC were beating everyone in their way, Somerton were also quietly going about their business and getting ready to show off their quality when the time came.

On Sunday, Tavear McNeil scored in the 21st minute for Faulkland SC, as they increased their lead to two goals, 3-1, and looked ready to run away with the title many thought was theirs to take.

Clive Grizzle pulled one back for Somerton FC just before half-time to make the score 1-1 on the day and pull them to within a goal.

Omar Pearson drew them level on aggregate score 3-3 in the 53rd minute, before Marvin Ellis scored what turned out to be the winner in the 66th minute.

With the Division Two title tucked away, Wheatly said the team will be looking forward to contesting the Division One next season after three seasons in the lowest division in the parish.

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