TUCKER, St James — Chapleton Maroons continued their rampage in the Jamaica Football Federation National Tier Two Competition after edging Wadada United 2-1 at Turners Field in Chapleton, Clarendon, on Saturday.
This was the fifth-straight win for the Clarendon-based team as they maintained their two-point lead over Faulkland FC who outscored Baptist Alliance at Wespow Park on Sunday in a game during which both teams had a man sent off in the second half.
Meanwhile, Portlanders FC beat Treasure Beach while there were wins for Hopewell United and Tru-Juice.
At Wespow Park, Obrien Robinson scored the competition’s first hat-trick as Faulkland FC beat Baptist Alliance 5-2 for their fourth-straight win but ended the game with nine players.
Ronaldo McLeish, who opened the scoring for Faulkland FC, was sent off in the 50th minute, getting two yellow cards inside a minute, while Michael McLoud was taken off late in the game after he went down following a clash of heads with another player after the St James team had exhausted their full complement of substitutions.
Baptist Alliance also finished the game one player short when second-half substitute Dushane Francis was sent off late in the game after lashing out at a Faulkland FC player.
Baptist Alliance had the better start and had Faulkland FC on the back foot for the first 10 minutes, but found themselves down 3-0 after 19 minutes as the hosts blitzed them for three goals in six minutes.
McLeish scored on Faulkland FC’s first real attack, beating goalkeeper Andra Brown in the 13th minute; Rodcliff Dawkins doubled the scores when he just beat the offside trap in the 16th minute and dribbled around Brown before Robinson headed home a third goal in the 19th minute.
Robinson would add a fourth in the 37th minute but after going down to 10 men early in the second, Baptist Alliance took advantage and pulled one goal back through Stephen Campbell whose shot came off the base of the far left post and into the goal.
Robinson completed his hat-trick in the 58th minute, converting from the penalty spot, but Baptist got a second — a well-struck free kick from Daminan Anderson from just on the edge of the box, beating goalkeeper Raion Bernard for sheer power.
Portlanders FC jumped into third place above Treasure Beach after beating them 2-1, ending the St Elizabeth team’s three-game winning run.
Hopewell United ended their three-game losing skid with a 1-0 win over Lime Hall Academy at Drax Hall, while Tru-Juice edged Falmouth United 2-1 at Prison Oval.
— Paul Reid