Wadadah keep on winning, blank Reggae Youths 2-0

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James —Defending champions Wadadah FC extended their winning start to three games after beating Reggae Youths 2-0 in their Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation JB Rum Super League Zone Two game at the UDC Field in Montego Bay on Sunday.

Kemario James took his goal tally to four after National Under-20 player Calwayne Allen had given the former Premier League champions a first-half lead, his being the only team with a perfect win record.

Granville United's perfect start was snapped at two wins after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Harmony FC at Granville Community Centre and fell to second place in Zone One behind Faulkland United, who beat Sandals South Coast 3-1 at Jarrett Park.

At the UDC Field, Wadadah FC, who were playing their third game in an eight-day span, took the lead in the 32nd minute when Allen scored from the penalty spot after which James, who has scored in all games so far, added a second in the 72nd minute to put the game out of the reach of Reggae Youths.

It has been a disastrous start for Reggae Youths, back-to-back mid-season finalists and first time semi-finalists last season, as they have lost all three games played because points from the first two games were awarded to their opponents.

At Granville Community Centre, Ewan Barton scored twice, including a 90th-minute equaliser as they salvaged a point after taking the lead earlier.

Barton gave the former champions the lead in the fifth minute, but Kevin Woolery levelled for Harmony FC in the 47th minute and Omar Williams gave them the lead from the penalty spot in the 68th minute.

Barton, who had scored a late winner on Tuesday against Sandals, came up trumps again with his last minute leveller.

Jelani Nicholson also scored twice as Faulkland FC registered a comfortable 3-1 win over Sandals South Coast, who were suffering back to back losses in Montego Bay.

Nicholson scored in the third minute to give Faulkland an early lead, but Akeem Shackleford, playing in his first game in Jamaica in three years and who represented Southern Methodist University in the NCAA tournament last month, brought his team level just before the half-time break, in the 44th minute.

Nicholson broke the deadlock in the 80th minute after Ladrick Haughton did well to hold up the ball on the edge of the six-yard box before passing the ball to his teammate.

Haughton got the third goal in the 87th minute, maintaining his record of scoring in every game so far.

Falmouth United are second in Zone Two on seven points, on goal difference over Hopewell United, after blanking Delveland PYC 3-0 at Elleston Wakeland Centre.

Jamar Scott in the fifth minute, Ramone Brown in the 27th minute, and Jahmar Fisher in the 45th, got on the scoresheet, all scoring their first goal of the season.

Hopewell United edged Grand Palladium 1-0 thanks to a fourth-minute goal from Conrad Reid in the first game of a double header at Colin Miller Sports Complex.

Both games ended in 1-0 margins as Lucea United got by Somerton FC by the same margin in a matchup of promoted teams.

It was Lucea United's first win of the season.

— Paul Reid

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