Coopers Pen secure semi-final berth in Trelawny Major League

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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KINLOSS, Trelawny — Coopers Pen FC claimed the first spot in the semi-finals of the Trelawny Football Association Major League on Sunday after they beat Kinloss FC 2-1 in their quarter-final top-of-the-table Group One clash at Kinloss Sports Grounds.

The win was the second in the quarter-finals for Coopers Pen FC who took over sole leadership of Group One with maximum six points and cannot finish lower than second place after next weekend's final set of games.

Kinloss FC and Wait-A-Bit PYC will meet this weekend with the winner also advancing but the race for places in Group Two is far from over with three teams still in contention for the two spots.

Duanvale FC lead with four points after being held 3-3 by Jackson Town in a game that saw five of the game's six goals coming in the final seven minutes, two in the final two minutes from Duanvale FC's Oshane Brown.

Holland United are on three points, followed by Jackson Town on one, both with a game in hand against each other, while Duncans United are out of the chase after losing both of their games played so far.

On Sunday, Coopers Pen FC got off to a fast start, going up 2-0 by the 25th minute, holding off Kinloss FC.

Shaunavan McKenzie scored his league-leading 10 goals in the 19th minute to give Coopers Pen FC the lead, while Shannary Brown added a second in the 25th minute.

Chaddane Linton managed to pull one back for Kinloss FC in the 74th minute, but that was as close as they got.

Wait-A-Bit PYC rebounded from their loss to Coopers Pen FC the previous week with a big 5-2 beating of Rio Bueno FC at Ulster Spring to put themselves back in the race for the semi-finals.

Wait-A-Bit PYC led 4-0 before Rio Bueno FC managed to cut the deficit with two goals, but could not prevent the lopsided loss.

Kevin Campbell gave Wait-A-Bit PYC the lead in the 14th minute, Jasain Clarke added a second three minutes later, Philmore Virgo made it 3-0 in the 23rd minute before Tarwayne Foster scored the fourth in the 41st minute.

Kevardo Grant scored for Rio Bueno FC in the 66th minute and Garfield Stewart got a second for the visitors in the 88th, but Onecko Brown scored a fifth goal for Wait-A-Bit PYC in time added on.

At Duanvale, Jackson Town led twice, but took only a share of the points in a game that saw three penalty kicks being converted.

Hugh-George Watson gave Jackson Town the lead in the 25th minute when he scored from the penalty spot and they held the lead until the 83rd minute when Chevaugn Barnette equalised, also from the spot.

What appeared to be a low scoring game then exploded with four goals in four minutes as Richard Williams scored another penalty in the 85th minute and seconds later Akeem Gallimore added a third for Jackson Town who led 3-1.

Brown then stepped up for Duanvale FC with goals in the 89th and 90th minutes as the teams ended tied at 3-3.

Cristojay Daley scored twice, once in either half for Holland United in their 4-0 win over Duncans United at William Knibb Memorial.

Ahmal Nugent-Hudson gave Holland United the lead in the 12th minute and Daley made it 2-0 in the 29th minute.

Daley then completed his brace in the 71st minute to extend the lead to 3-0 while Dennis Lee added a fourth in time added.


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