Fraser cuts fearsome figure in Primera division

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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SEAN Fraser has become one of the most feared strikers in Apertura 2011, El Salvador's Primera Division, which enters its semi-final stage this weekend.

The 28-year-old Jamaican banged in a hat-trick against cellar team Vista Hermosa on Sunday for Once Municipal to win 5-0 and cement their place in the playoffs.

He scored in the 36th, 65th and 88th minutes, pushing to four the number of hat-tricks registered in the Apertura this season.

Fraser, a long-time Harbour View player with a stint at Portmore United, has now scored 14 goals to emerge as the second-best marksman in the Central American country top division football.

He joins Panamanian Anel Canales of Firpo, also on 14 goals, and one shy of top scorer Nicolas Munoz, another Panamanian, of Aguila, who leads with 15 goals.

Munoz (two) and Canales (one) were the other players in Apertura 2011 to score record hat-tricks.

Meanwhile, Fraser's Once Municipal will take on leaders Isidro Metapan in one semi-final while FAS tackle on Aguila in the other semi. The return legs will take place the following weekend.

A Camperdown High and Clarendon College past student, Fraser has played 16 matches for Once Municipal and is averaging a goal every 98 minutes.

Tried and tested with an often proven right foot, the five-foot 11-inch Fraser played for Jamaica's Under-17, Under-20 and Senior teams.

He strutted his stuff at the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups in 1999 and 2001, while a key player for Harbour View FC.

Since playing overseas in 2006, Fraser has shown his worth at Miami FC, Brazilian club Boavista where he was on loan, Puerto Rico Islanders, North East Stars of Trinidad & Tobago, and for the last two seasons at Once Municipal.

He scored four goals for Miami FC in 2008, three for Puerto Rico Islanders in 2009, only two goals for North East Stars in the 2010-11 season before heading to El Salvador where he has mellowed as a striker.

-- Paul Burrowes

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