Bickersteth take St James Division Two crown

Sunday, July 01, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Bickersteth FC completed a successful debut season in the St James Football Association Guardian Group Division Two on Thursday after coming from behind to beat Belmont FC 2-1 in the final played at the UDC Field.

Sushaine Kerr equalised from the penalty spot in the 40th minute after Michael Bell had given Belmont FC the lead in the 21st minute, while Donovan Earle scored the winner in the 63rd minute.

It was a good win for the youthful Bickersteth FC team who had to play with a substitute goalkeeper for the final 40 minutes of the game, after starter Tristan Webber was taken off after he was injured in a collision with a Belmont FC player early in the second half.

Both teams will be promoted to the Division One next season, but Bickersteth FC collected the winners' trophy and medals along with the first prize of $100,000.

Bell headed Belmont FC into the lead in the 21st minute when he out jumped the Bickersteth FC defence to nod past Webber.

However Kerr, who won the Golden Boot for the top scorer in the competition, pulled Bickersteth FC level in the 40th minute when he easily converted from the penalty spot as the teams went into the half-time break tied at 1-1.

Earle provided the winner for Bickersteth when he was well placed in the 63rd minute to shoot past goalkeeper Adave Ladrick from close range.

Ladrick had made several saves to keep his team in contention but the shot — low to his left hand post — gave him no chance.

— Paul Reid

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