Reggae Youth, Faulkland FC score big wins

Observer writer

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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C LARKS TOWN, Trelawny — Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation/Charley's JB Rum Super League leaders Reggae Youths and Faulkland FC scored big wins on Sunday as the first round came to a close.

O'Carey Spence scored a double for Reggae Youths as they handed Beaches Negril their first loss of the season 3-1 in the top of Zone One clash, while Renaldo McLeish scored two late goals for Faulkland FC, as they romped to a 4-0 win over Clarks Town to open up a four-point lead in Zone Two.

Promoted teams Grand Palladium FC and Roaring River FC also had good results against former champions, beating Granville United 2-0 and earning a point against Wadadah FC, respectively.

Three more games will be played tomorrow, rescheduled from last weekend after being washed out before the second round kicks off next weekend.

At Long Bay Beach Park, Reggae Youths beat Beaches Negril for the second straight meeting after leading 1-0 at half-time to improve to 10 points with a game in hand.

It was Beaches Negril's second winless game after they started the season with back-to-back victories and slipped into third place behind Harmony FC on goal difference.

Spence gave Reggae Youths the lead as early as the 10th minute, but the St James team had to wait until the 57th minute to add to their lead when Romario Lewis made it 2-0.

Spence then put the game out of reach of the home team when he scored his second and his team's third in the 88th minute.

Faulkland FC were in a no-nonsense mood at Cedric Titus High, scoring twice in either half as they pushed their goals tally to 16 so far, five more than the next best team, Reggae Youths.

Neil Clarke gave the Montego Bay team the lead in the 12th minute before Chevoy Watkins doubled the advantage in the 43rd minute before McLeish added two more, in the 65th and 90th minutes, as he took over the goal-scoring lead with five, one more than Reggae Youths' Shanoy Anderson.

Grand Palladium won back-to-back games for the first time as Kadian Griffiths' double compounded Granville United's miseries, losing four of their five games and are stuck with a single point.

Griffiths scored in the 59th and 86th minutes as Grand Palladium FC stayed in second place on nine points, three more than Wadadah FC, who have a game in hand.

At Petersfield Community Centre, Roaring River FC took an early lead over Wadadah FC, but trailed 1-2 until Jeffery Dunn's 89th-minute equaliser rescued a point for them.

Eran Vassell got his third goal of the season to put Roaring River into the lead in the 17th minute, but Sebastian Robinson equalised for Wadadah FC in the 30th minute and Mario Leslie got his first for the St James club in the 59th minute to give them the lead.

It appeared Wadadah FC would win for the first time since the first weekend of the season before Dunn scored to give his team a share of the points.

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