Petersfield stay alive with win
WESTERN BUREAU: SURPRISE ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup outfit Little London High narrowly missed out on automatic qualification to the Inter-Zone round when they were tagged 1-0 by Petersfield in an ill-tempered Zone D match yesterday at the Frome Sports Complex.
By virtue of the win, Petersfield moved up to 16 points for third in the standings. They have a game in hand against lowly Maud McLeod High tomorrow and need a win to advance second behind leaders Godfrey Stewart High.
It took an 80th-minute goal from Petersfield defender Kemoy Hamilton to break the stalemate.
But the decision by the referee to let the goal stand was controversial as a defender appeared to go down under a challenge inside the area as the ball was swung inside off a corner.
Hamilton reacted the quickest as players scrambled for the ball to score what turned out to be the winner.
Little London goalkeeper Clifford Clarke protested and was issued a second yellow card. His first had come minutes earlier, but the referee waited for three minutes after the injured player was treated on the field to show the keeper the red card, a decision the infuriated the Little London supporters, some of whom hurled bottles on to the field of play.
The loss keeps Little London on 19 points and they can only advance to the next round as one of the best third-place finishers from this round.
“I am very disappointed with many things today,” said a visibly upset Jeffery Reece, the Little London coach.
“Apart from the fact that we never played as we would have liked, I think other things went against us. Now we can only wait until Monday to see where we finish, but at best, third place will be fine with us and, in that respect, I am happy with my team,” Reece said.
Elsewhere, former many-time winners Cornwall College hammered Maldon 6-0, while over in Zone E, Lacovia tagged Munro 1-0 to finish second in the zone. Clarendon College blanked Thompson Town 3-0.
Champions St Elizabeth Technical didn’t kick a ball as the scheduled match against Maggotty High at Appleton was rained out. Last year’s beaten finalists Dinthill Technical remained unbeaten as they swamped Ewarton High 4-0.
Petersfield 1 Little London 0 Lacovia 1 Munro 0 Cornwall 6 Maldon 0 Spot Valley 3 William Knibb 0 Ocho Rios 6 A Gallimore 0 Mile Gully 0 Manchester 2 Clarendon College 3 Thompson Town 0 Marcus Garvey 1 Steer Town 3 Dinthill 4 Ewarton 0 Denbigh 0 Garvey Maceo 4 Winston Jones 0 Glenmuir 4 Paul Bogle 0 Seaforth 2