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Wotton squeezes Lions 3-2

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Wotton pulled out all the stops to achieve a 3-2 haul over Scotty’s Car Rentals St Andrew Lions tonight in the Coca Cola Premier League.

And while the Lions’ super-sub Raymond Hope pulled back two goals for the St Andrew side, it wasn’t enough to give them a much needed win.

As early as the fifth minute, Rico Forde got his name on the scorecards, followed by Kadeem Lathan’s penalty kick in the 18th minute.

Whatever Head Coach Christopher King said to the Lions during the halftime break, proved to be vital as they reemerged and had a spirited second-half start.

Six minutes after gracing the field, Hope delivered for his side, but Wotton replied off the boots of Kadeem Lathan to restore their two-goal advantage in the 57th minute.

Both teams created numerous scoring opportunities but they each failed to convert.

Then in the 76th minute, Hope roared to life and pulled back a goal for the Lions. A ricocheted ball fell in his path, and he played it superbly past Wotton’s custodian who tried to reach the ball but to no avail.

The Lions’ chance of equalizing came in the 92nd minute when Zeco Greaves missed perhaps the easiest goal of the tournament, moments before referee Jamar Springer signaled the end of the game.

In a highly contested game, Empire was able to bring their wins up to two for the season with a 2-1 victory over Brittons Hill.

The Mighty Blues opened the scoring in the sixth-minute courtesy Jaheim Neblett, before Argentine Luciano Cigno doubled their advantage when he collected a cross at the top of the box from Zinio Harris and delivered at far post past an advancing Romaine Primus in the 18th minute.

And although Zahkigah Samuel deposited the consolation goal in the 32nd minute off a penalty kick, that was all the scoring Empire allowed Brittons Hill for the night when Samuel beat Empire’s goalie Mario Albert in the hopes of giving his side a fighting chance.

Brittons Hill stepped up their pace and Primus denied quite a number of shots sent his way off the boots of Empire’s finest, but Cigno was able to defy that with the perfect conversion off a penalty.

The Mighty Blues were awarded the silver spoon following a cynical challenge in stoppage time. Cigno’s shot was powerfully driven into the side netting, beating a fully outstretched Primus who took out his frustration on the turf.

Meanwhile, in the nightcap game Premiere Classe Paradise and UWI Blackbirds played to a 1-1 draw.

Playing to a goalless halftime, those at the BFA’s Wildey Turf were convinced there would be no goals recorded in this game.


But Blackbird’s captain Niall Reid-Stephen was able to successfully convert a penalty in the 80th minute and seemed destined for the win, before Elijah Downey was able to pull back one for Paradise just as referee Rudy Arthur was about to blow his whistle to signal the end of the game.

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