Irwin Academy soar to front of Sandals Under-17
Conrad Daley (left) of AIA shields the ball from St James High's Revar Stewart in Saturday's St James FA Sandals Resorts International Under-17 league played at Irwin High. The game ended in a 1-1 draw as both teams lost their perfect win records. (Photo: Paul Reid)

IRWIN, St James — Irwin Academy took over the lead in the St James Football Association/ Sandals Resorts International Under-17 competition after blanking St James Academy 5-0 on Saturday for their third-straight win.

Detroy Reid scored the competition's first hat-trick to lead Irwin Academy over St James Academy, who are yet to earn a point, while Athletes In Action (AIA) and St James High, who had both won their first two games, played out a 1-1 draw in the first game of the double-header at Irwin High.

In another game, Green Pond beat Montego Bay United (MBU) 2-0 to move into fourth place in the tables. Reid scored in the 34th minute to give Irwin the lead at half-time before they wore down the St James team with four more in the second half.

Mark Buddle made it 2-0 in the 54th minute and Jaleel Drummond added a third in the 58th before Reid completed his hat-trick with goals in the 66th and 68th minutes.

Irwin Academy are yet to concede a goal in three games and have outscored their opponents 8-0 in the process.

In the first game Jaleel Barnett gave St James High the lead over AIA when he scored a penalty in the 19th minute, but Keifer Grant beat goalkeeper Antwon Morris with a powerful shot that flew past him high at his near-left post in the 32nd minute.

At Wespow Park, Diara Robinson scored two late goals, in the 70th and 75th minutes, as Green Pond rolled past MBU.

The other game, featuring Montego Bay Boys Club against Granville United at the UDC field, was not played as the field was not prepared.

Paul A Reid

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