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Final clash

Irwin United and Somerton FC battle for St James FA D-1 title

Thursday, June 15, 2017



Irwin United and Somerton FC will meet in Sunday's final of the St James Football Association's Sandals International Division One competition after scoring dramatic come-from-behind wins in the return-round semi-finals on Monday.

Both teams overcame first-leg deficits to beat Lane FC and Fire House SC, respectively, to set up a third meeting this season as both have earned promotion to the Senior League next season.

Irwin United, who trailed Lane FC 2-1 in their semi-final first leg, exploded for five goals in 36 minutes in the second half of their return-leg game at the UDC field on Monday to win 5-1 and 6-3 on aggregate with Demair Roach and Robert Angling both getting two goals each.

Despite ending the game with 10 players after the influential Oneil Sterling was sent off in the second half, Somerton FC rebounded from their 1-0 loss to Fire House in the first leg last week to win Monday's game 2-1 for a 2-2 aggregate and then won 5-3 on penalty kicks.

Irwin United and Somerton FC met twice in the first round with Irwin United, winning their second game 2-1 after the first ended in a 1-1 draw. They also finished first and second, respectively, in the overall points after the third round of matches and have scored the most goals as well.

Sunday's finals is set up to be an exciting encounter between two closely matched teams with Somerton, who upset Faulkland FC in the Division Two finals three years ago, again looking to walk away with the trophy.

While they will welcome back Shellington Hamilton, who was red-carded in the first semi-final game, they will be without influential midfielder Oneil Sterling, who was sent off on Monday.

Fitzroy Martin, who scored twice in regular time on Monday to lead the Somerton FC resurgence, will be important to their chances of winning, while Marvin Ellis and Dwayne Anderson will seek to feature.

Irwin United's Odane Ellis is the leading goalscorer but was kept off the goalsheet in the semi-finals. However, the finals could be his time to shine along with Christopher Reid.

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