Norwood Strikers thump Bickersteth 4-0 in St James FA Sandals Div 1

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Norwood Strikers got their campaign in the St James Football Association/Sandals Division One off with a big 4-0 win over promoted Bickersteth SC, in the opening game played at UDC Field in Thursday.

Kevown Baugh and Fitzroy Nembhard both scored doubles for the former champions, after they led 1-0 at half-time.

Meanwhile, Montego Bay Boys Club and Bogue FC were goalless in the opening game of the Major League that was also played at UDC on Thursday.

Montego Bay Boys Club returned to the Major League after relegation from the Western Confederation Super League, while Bogue FC earned promotion after winning the Division One last season.

In the Division One game, Baugh gave Norwood the lead in the 40th minute and added a second early in the second half, in the 47th minute.

Nembhard made it 3-0 in the 60th minute and got his brace in the 78th minute to complete the rout of the newcomers.

Eight teams will play in Division One — that will see games being played mostly on Fridays — and after playing each other once the top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals, which will have two legs, with the winners on aggregate advancing to the final.

The Major League will have 12 teams playing in two zones for the first round that will be played home and away, with the two top teams from each zone qualifying for the semi-finals.

Two former champions, Catherine Hall FC and Montego Bay Boys Club, are back after failing to retain their places in the Western Confederation Super League.

— Paul Reid

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