KSAFA All Stars, St Thomas Cobras start Elite League with wins
The JFF/SportsMax Elite League started with a bang for the KSAFA All Stars and the St Thomas Cobras at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex in Kingston on Saturday.
In the first game of the East Zone double header, Jamaica College's Tyreke MaGee continued to show why there is as much hope for his potential as there is, scoring in the 66th minute to give the All Stars a victory over the Portland Blazers.
The second game of the night, the St Mary Raiders vs the Cobras, saw the latter put the issue to bed earlier than in the first. Tajhay Williams scored the game's first goal in the eighth minute and a second in the 39th.
The second half of the game would see more action, as substitute Christopher Bedward put the icing on the cake in the 85th.
In the other game from the East Zone, the St Ann Giants came from behind to clip the St Catherine Saints 2-1, with Vahsean McBean scoring in the 28th and 44th minutes of play. Ryan Smart had put the Saints ahead in the 14th minute.
In the West Zone, Clarendon Galaxy got the better of Trelawny Barons in a five-game thriller, while St James United and Manchester Lions split four between them.
The Galaxy got their goals from Kwesi Watts in the 12th minute of play, while Creagton Charlton was impressive, scoring in the 50th and 68th minutes. For the Barons, Kemar Newman also had a brace, getting his goals in the 37th and 44th minutes of play.
Manchester earned a penalty early in their game against St James, with Tahja Reynolds converting a fifth-minute penalty before St James answered with a spotkick of their own, converted by Calvin Gardner in the 25th.
The Manchester side must have thought they had the game in the bag when Nicholas Collins struck home in the 67th minute, but were stymied by the Gardener's second effort in the 84th.
In the other game from the West Zone, the Westmoreland Warriors beat the St Elizabeth Tigers in another five-goal thriller.
Shandea Brooks got the ball rolling for St Elizabeth but was forced to watch his side go 3-1 down courtesy of Donovan Brown's 25th, Alvarez Cooper's 37th, and Javed Richardson's 58th-minute strikes. Quaten Darien scored in the 79th minute to help St Elizabeth make a fight of the game in the final few minutes.
The all-island, inter-parish competition is expected to feature 325 of the island’s best teenaged football players, with each team comprising of the top 25 players from each parish with at least 20 being 18 years and under and no more than five players between the ages of 18 and 20.
The JFF/SportsMax Elite League is sponsored by SportsMax, Digicel, ScotiaBank, National Outdoor Advertising and The Jamaica Observer.