Reggae Youths secure mid-season final berth

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Reggae Youths secured their place in the mid-season final of the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation/Charley's JB Rum Super League, after a 2-1 win over Montego Bay Boys Club in their second-round game at the UDC Field on Sunday.

It was Reggae Youths' second win over their rivals this season — they improved to 20 points at the top of Zone One to open up an eight-point gap and cannot be surpassed by any other team with two rounds of matches to go.

Faulkland FC also extended their lead in Zone Two after a 3-1 win over second-placed Grand Palladium FC in Lucea and could secure their mid-season spot in their next round when they play struggling Granville United.

Wadadah FC inched into second place on 14 points after a dour 0-0 draw against Granville United.

The improving Hopewell United were also winners, heaping more pressure on Catherine Hall who have now lost four straight games.

Reggae Youths extended the league's best record after being held for nearly an hour by last-placed Montego Bay Boys Club.

Larnel McFarlane scored the opening goal in the 57th minute, his second in as many games, while Trevaughn Walker doubled the advantage in the 66th minute before Roshane Reid pulled one back in the 76th minute.

In Lucea, Faulkland FC snapped Grand Palladium FC's four-game unbeaten run, defeating the promoted team 3-1 with goals from Kemar Brown in the 41st minute, a Ronaldo McLeish penalty conversion in the 55th, and Peter Campbell's third goal of the season in the 82nd minute, giving them a 3-0 lead.

Davion Wedderburn scored a late goal for his team when he netted in the 85th minute, but by then the damage had already been done.

Hopewell United moved into joint second place with Harmony FC in Zone One after coming from a goal down to beat Catherine Hall FC 2-1 at Irwin High.

Catherine Hall FC captain Kemario Murdock was red-carded in time added on for foul and abusive language.

Howard Dent gave Catherine Hall the lead in the 31st minute and they led through the half-time break until the 67th minute, when Conrad Reid equalised with his fourth goal of the season before Raeem Pringle, who sat out the previous game with a red card suspension, scored the winner in the 81st minute.

Harmony FC came back from a two-goal deficit to earn a point in a 2-2 draw with Beaches Negril at Bounty Hall.

Beaches Negril, who lost to Montego Bay Boys Club in the previous round, led 2-0 after 35 minutes and looked to be rebounding before the home team responded with two goals in a 13-minute spell in the second half.

Beshon Bryan scored in the 19th minute for Beaches Negril and Julian Richards added a second in the 35th minute, but Troy Smith halved the deficit with a penalty in the 50th minute before Romaine Lewis pulled them level in the 63rd




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