Racing, Tru-Juice build momentum in JFF Championship
RACING United and Tru-Juice FC, semi-finalists from last season, extended their winning start in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Championship with wins over Faulkland FC and Meadforest FC, respectively.
The wins took the teams to six points, two more than Baptist Alliance and Chapelton Maroons who had played out a draw in their opening game the previous weekend.
There were also wins for promoted Petersfield FC, Hopewell United, and Brown’s Town.
Javaughn Cole scored a first-half brace for Racing United who hammered former champions Faulkland FC 5-0 at WesPow Park, the home team’s biggest loss in this competition.
Racing United, who topped the table after the first round last season, were up 3-0 at half-time as Joel Palmer gave them the lead after just three minutes. Cole doubled the lead when he converted from the penalty spot in the 11th minute then made it 3-0 in the 31st.
Deandre Johnson scored the fourth goal in the 65th and Rajneil Brown got the fifth in minute 73.
Tru-Juice edged Meadforest FC 2-1 at Constant Spring in a game that saw three red cards being shown in the last 24 minutes. Romone Hedman, who had scored the first goal for Tru-Juice, was one of the dismissed players.
Hedman gave Tru-Juice the lead in added time in the first half but Oraine Ferguson equalised for Meadforest early in the second half, in the 47th minute.
Both teams went down to 10 men in the 66th minute when Hedman and Meadforest’s Shevari Whittaker were both sent off by Referee Doyen Tummings.
Kenroy Daley then gave Tru-Juice the lead in the 70th minute and Deandre Walker of Meadforest was sent off in the 90th.
Tamar Francis scored a hat-trick for Baptist Alliance to edge Portlanders FC 3-2, who won by the same margin in their opening game.
Francis opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and Baptist Alliance led 1-0 until the 71st minute when the game exploded for four goals in less than 10 minutes.
Chemar Lattibeaudiere levelled the score in the 71st minute with the first of his double. Francis restored Baptist Alliance’s lead in the 75th but Lattibeaudiere responded in the 76th with his second to even the score.
Francis completed the second hat-trick of the season when he scored the winner in the 77th minute.
Chapleton Maroons rebounded from their draw in the first week to eke out a 2-1 win over Falmouth United at Elleston Wakeland Centre.
Javell Ellis gave Chapleton the lead before Antonio Roberts drew Falmouth United level but Daveion Pinnock’s late goal ensured Chapleton took all three points.
Petersfield FC scored their first win in the championship, edging Gray’s Inn 1-0 at Petersfield, to rebound from their 5-0 thrashing from Tru-Juice in the opening game.
Orlando Barnes’ 11th-minute goal was enough for Petersfield FC in a game that also saw three players sent off.
Gray’s Inn finished the game with nine players after Adrian Steele was sent off in time added at the end of the first half and Dante Henry exited in the 84th minute.
Petersfield FC’s Shewayne Barton was sent off in the 90th minute.
Hopewell United scored twice in the last 20 minutes to come from behind and beat St Bess United at Lacovia Community Centre.
Sean Falconer gave St Bess the lead in the 40th minute but Hietolah Gardener drew Hopewell United level in the 70th minute before Romario Distin — who came off the bench in the 53rd minute — scored the winner in the 90th minute.