Top teams win to stay in control of Second Division

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By Neto Baptiste

Jennings United, Sea View Farm and Attacking all enjoyed victories in the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) Second Division competition on Wednesday as they remained first, second and third respectively in the 15-team standings after 12 rounds of matches.

Jennings enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win over Golden Grove to stay atop the standings with 32 points after 10 victories and two draws.

Orian Isaac put Jennings ahead on minute 20 before Rhezal Gomes made it 2-0 in minute 38. Shaquille Watkins stretched Jennings’ advantage in the 40th minute while Kimon Samuel rounded off the scoring in minute 66.

The loss was Golden Grove’s sixth in 13 matches as they remain on 17 points and seventh in the standings.  

Meanwhile, Attacking Saints moved into the number three position on the standings with a 9-1 mauling of Tamo FC at the body’s technical center on the Sir Sydney Walling Highway.

Sherville Jarvis led the way with a hattrick, scoring Saints’ first three goals with strikes in minutes 10, 32 and 39. Joshua Samuel was one goal short of his hattrick, netting in minutes 57 and 61. Shakeem Lanquedoc (49), Rashawn Martin (60), Malone Joseph (76) and Michael Stowe Jr (83) all scored once to complete their team’s dominance over the opponents. Diamond Charles scored the lone goal for Tamo FC when he struck in the 75th minute. 

The win lifts Attacking Saints to 27 points after 12 showings with eight wins, one loss and three draws. Tamo FC continues to struggle at the bottom of the 15-team standings with just three points in 12 matches.

There was victory as well for Sea View Farm who had the better of Young Warriors by a 3-0 margin to remain second in the standings with 28 points from 12 showings.

All goals were scored in the second half with striker Markland Wright putting Farm ahead on minute 78 from the penalty spot. Jamil Williams increased the team’s advantage in minute 87 before Nathan Willock put the game beyond reach one minute later.

The loss was Young Warriors’ eighth in 13 matches as they lay 13th in the standings with eight points.  

In the other match contested Wednesday, Real Blizzard beat Bethesda 3-0 at New Winthorpes. An own-goal from Devonte Ralph put Real Blizzard ahead on minute 60 while Karl Hampson made it 2-0 from the penalty spot. Tahari James rounded off the scoring in minute 90.

Blizzard moves to 21 points and fifth in the standings while Bethesda are sixth in the standings with 18 points from 13 showings.

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