Blue Jays and Willikies stay relevant in First Division race

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By Neto Baptiste

Blue Jays and Willikies bettered their chances of a profitable finish in the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) First Division on Thursday, following comfortable victories in the competition.

Playing at home, Blue Jays rallied from a goal down to beat John Hughes 3-1 in Cedar Grove.

Deno Bryan put the visitors ahead in as early as the fourth minute, but striker Keon Greene, drew the home team level on minute 20. Blue Jays took the lead 15 minutes later via a Kedar Clarke conversion before Stephen Hughes found the winner on minute 46.

The victory puts Blue Jays on 33 points from 18 showings and fifth in the standings going into the final three rounds of matches. John Hughes remains on 24 points and eighth in the standings.

Meanwhile, Willikies crushed Potters Tigers 5-1 when they met in Willikies. D’Jarie Sheppard recorded a hattrick with goals in the 13, 50 and 87 minutes while single strikes from Novelle Francis and Daniel Nanton netted in minutes 25 and 83 in the victory. Christopher Douglas was the only scorer for Potters with a 49th minute conversion.

Willikies moves to 25 points and seventh in the standings while Potters are second from bottom in the standings with five points.

In the other First Division contest, Westham and Police played to a 1-1 draw. In Second Division action, Sea View Farm beat BASSA 5-1, while in the women’s competition, Grenades and Trendsetters played to a 1-1 draw.

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