Peters­field stay alive with win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

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.

VERY DIS­AP­POINTED

“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.

YES­TER­DAY’S RE­SULTS

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

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