KFC United Old Road Jets edged newly promoted Trafalgar Southstars 2-1 on Saturday night at the Warner Park, in a match that could have gone either way. Kaylon Liburd got things rolling for Old Road with a goal in the 26th minute, but Sean Percival of Trafalgar Southstars equalize for the Premier League newbies in the 60th minute, with a towering header inside the danger zone. But not before long, Old Road regained the lead from the penalty spot after a defender handled the ball inside the box, which was easily slotted home by Lance Lewis in the 80th minute. Old Road had a chance to extend the lead again from the penalty spot, but Southstars goalkeeper Zaquelle Browne this time guessed correctly to stop the shot and keep the score 2-1 in literally the last play of the match.
Coach Alexis Morris of Old Road said even though his team won, they made the match harder than it had to be. “I want to say to my team congratulations on the three points. I think we made the game more difficult than it should have been for us. Some of the key points we place on them they basically went away from it,” Coach Morris said.
“Guys on the pitch just have to be disciplined and carry out instructions and we will be ok.” He said once the players on his team who are out on suspension return, Old Road should do better, especially in the attacking area.
Coach Morris took over coaching Old Road this season after spending several years coaching Conaree F.C., even leading them to a title in 2013. Coaching Old Road is a different experience all together, but one he relishes. “I really wanted a break from the game but I was approached by a number of players who I had coached from the Verchilds High School and they asked me to come and lend them a helping hand. And since I live in the area, it was a welcome thing….I must say that they welcome me with open arms,” Coach Morris said. He added that the players are eager to learn and perform. He believes that in the future, the Old Road Jets will be a team to reckon with.
Meanwhile Zaquelle Browne, the Trafalgar Southstars goalkeeper was thrilled to have saved his team from conceding another goal in literally the last kick of the match from the penalty spot. “It was a good penalty. The first penalty he went to his right, so I guess he would switch to the left and I just did that and the choice was right,” Zaquelle said. He said it was unfortunate that they lost the match considering they played well in the first half.
He believes the team can pick themselves up from this defeat and move on to do great things in the Premier League. “We have been training extra hard…we have the energy to show that we are willing to win a game,” he added.
In the weekend’s other results:
S.L. Horsfords St. Pauls United 3 – 0 Atiba Harris St. Peters
Scoring for St.Pauls
Keithroy Freeman had 2 goals 10th & 58th min
Omar Francis 13th min
Jakiel Leader ( St. Pauls ) 90th min
*** “Officials were Shandor Wilkinson, Mario Parry, Jason Rouse & Jermaine Wickham
RA: Malcolm Ramsey
GC: Lawson Archibald
Sol Island Auto Conaree 4 – 0 Mantab
Scoring for Conaree
Kadeen Lewis had 2 goals 2nd min (pk) & 39th min
Yuson Slader 65th min
Tijani Fahie 82nd min
Rohan Grey (mantab) 28th min
Kelandre Maynard (conaree) 31st min
Deondre Herbert (conaree) 87th min
Jequayne Mills (conaree) 90th min
*** Officials were Trevester Richards, Jason Rouse, Yohan Henderson & Judell Matthew
RA: Kendrea Tully
GC: Diane Browne
Rams Village Superstars 3 – 1 Fast Cash Saddlers
Scoring for Village
Kimaree Rogers 45th+2 min
Tiran Hanley 2 goals 52nd (pk) & 88th min
Scoring for Saddlers
Tarique Morris 90th +3mins
Yellow cards for Village
Ordell Flemming 27th min
Dillon Caines 57th min
Diquan Johnson 71st min
Yellow Cards for Saddlers
Trevor Hanley 23rd & 57th min
Fernando Williams 34th min
Evansroy Barnes 57th min
Trevor Hanley (Saddlers) 57th min
(Receiving a 2nd yellow card in the match)
*** Officials were Sanchez Bass, Jaden Rouse, Latoya James & Kareem Benjamin
RA: Kenni Martin
GC: Theo Clarke