Flanker, King Gate take lead in St James Division Two semis

Friday, July 12, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Flanker United and King Gate FC have taken leads in their respective first legs of the St James Football Association Guardian Group Division Two semi-finals played earlier this week, both at the UDC Field.

On Tuesday, Norman Street and Danique Clarke both scored braces to lead Flanker United to a big 6-1 lead over Better Tomorrow, while a day later King Gate scored a 3-1 win over Rose Mount FC.

The return legs will be played next week at the same venue with the winners on aggregate advancing to the final as well as earning promotion to Division One next season.

Flanker United, who had topped the points table in the regular season, ran roughshod over Better Tomorrow on Tuesday and were up 3-0 at half-time and led 4-0 before conceding an own goal to blot their scorecard.

Rahj Hines scored in the fourth minute to open the scoring, Street made it 2-0 in the 19th minute before Clarke scored the third goal in the 37th minute.

Street completed his brace in the 48th minute before an own goal in the 64th minute put Better Tomorrow on the scoresheet.

Romaine Reid then restored Flanker United's four-goal lead in the 85th minute before an own goal in the 86th minute made it 6-1.

Keneil Whittaker gave King Gate FC the lead in the seventh minute from the penalty spot and Romario McDermott scored an own goal in the 14th minute to make the score 2-0.

Another own goal in the 59th minute, from Derval Grubb saw Rose Mount cut the deficit to one but a goal from a well-taken free kick in the 65th minute restored King Gate FC's lead.

— Paul Reid

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