Faulkland, Maroons tie at top of JFF Tier Two competition
Faulkland FC’s Michael McLoud (right) lunges in against Baptist Alliance’s Rohan Brown in their recent JFF National Tier Two league game at Wespow Park in Tucker, St James. Faulkland FC won 5-2. (Photo: Paul Reid)

TUCKER, St James — Faulkland FC and Chapleton Maroons are once again level on points atop the points tables in the Jamaica Football Federation’s National Tier Two competition after contrasting results in Tuesday’s eighth round of matches.

Faulkland FC, who held on to the lead on goal-difference, rallied late against Tru Juice FC to earn a 3-3 draw at Wespow Park in St James while Chapleton Maroons ended a two games winless run to score a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Albion Mountain FC at Turners Field in Chapleton.

Both teams are on 20 points and a win on Saturday would confirm their places in the semi-finals with Faulkland just ahead on a goal-difference of 17 to Chapleton’s 10.

Treasure Beach held on to third place with a 1-0 win over Dons YC while Falmouth United scored six goals in a game for the third-straight round, hammering Wadada United 6-1 at Irwin High to stay in fourth place.

Faulkland FC had to come from behind three times in the game and were down in the 21st minute after Howard Morris gave Tru Juice the lead after 21 minutes but central defender Michael McLoud who got a brace levelled the scores in the 25th minute.

An own goal restored the visitors’ lead in the 30th minute as they led 2-1 at half-time.

Shanoy Anderson drew Faulkland FC level again in the 56th minute but once again the St Catherine team responded with Michael Hurst in the 76th minute.

McLoud saved the day, however, with his second goal of the game five minutes into time added to spare Faulkland FC’s blushes.

Chapleton won for the first time in three games despite Leonardo Saunders’ 11th-minute goal to give Albion Mountain the lead, Devonn Hodges equalised in the 17th minute and Jaheem Thomas gave them the lead in the 37th minute while J’Havier Lynch added an insurance goal in the 79th minute.

Jovaughn Williams’ 42nd-minute goal was enough for Treasure Beach to win their fifth game and hold onto third place with 16 points, three more than Falmouth United who has raced up the tables in the last three rounds and hat-tricks from Patrick Shecklude and Kyle Mashall on Tuesday, nullified Rajay Lewis’ opening goal in the 16th minute for Wadada United.

Shecklude equalised in the 32nd minute for Falmouth United as the teams went into the half-time break tied at 1-1, but the flood gates opened in the second half with Falmouth scoring five times in the last 15 minutes.

Baptist Alliance lead a trio of teams on 11 points, just two off a top-four spot after a big 4-1 win over Hopewell United at York Oval.

Baptist Alliance raced to a 4-0 lead after just 33 minutes with goals from Daminan Anderson in the fourth, Rohan Brown in the ninth, Stephen Campbell in the 18th and Lascel Alexander in the 33rd minutes.

Hopewell responded with two late goals, Jaden Jumpp in the 68th minute and Shamour Smith in the 72nd minute but that was as close as they got.

Portlander FC missed an opportunity to go joint fourth place after giving up a lead against Lime Hall Academy and settled for a 1-1 draw.

Marlon Pennicooke gave Portlanders FC the lead in the 66th minute but Carlos Campbell equalised for Lime Hall in the 88th minute.

— Paul Reid

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