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Champions Savannah held in opener

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke
O’Carey Spence of Reggae Youths (left) and Dexter Haughton of Beaches Negril battle for ball possession in their Western Confederation Super League football match on Saturday at the UDC playing field. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

WESTERN BUREAU:

The 2015-16 Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League season got cracking on the weekend with six matches, including a less-than-auspicious start for defending champions Savannah Sports Club, who were held to a scoreless draw by Lucea FC at Frome Sports Complex on Sunday.

This year's staging has the 12 teams aligned in two groups of six based on how they ended the last campaign, with Savannah, Granville, Montego Bay Boys and Girls' Club (MBBGC), Salt Marsh, Petersfield, and Lucea in Group One.

Group Two comprises Wadadah, Sandals Whitehouse, Beaches Negril, Village United, newcomers Reggae Youths and Clarks Town, the St James and Trelawny champions, respectively.

Another new development of note is that Livingston Berley has taken the hot seat as coach of the defending champions.

RONIEL WHYTE ON TARGET

While his team failed to shine against Lucea, Roniel Whyte was on target in the 19th and 36th minutes in leading Petersfield FC to a 2-0 victory over Montego Bay Boys and Girls' Club.

Former St James Premier League kingpins, Wadadah FC, were also in the winners' corner as forward Javier Peak struck twice in Saturday's 3-1 win over newly promoted Clarks Town of Trelawny.

Ajai Black also found the net in that match for Wadadah, while Dwayne Brown netted the consolation for Clarks Town.

Also on Saturday, Reggae Youths and Beaches Negril ended 1-1, with Oshane Russell getting a late equaliser for Reggae Youths in the 81st minute to cancel out Ashley Forrest's 18th-minute strike.

In another game on Saturday, Salt Marsh edged Granville 1-0 as Marvin Reynolds scored in the 20th minute to give them three points and a share of the early lead in Group One with Petersfield.

Wadadah are early leaders in Group Two on three points.

The league continues on Sunday with four matches, the pick of which should be the Granville-Petersfield FC clash, starting 3 p.m. at Granville Community Centre.