Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
An impressive hat-trick from striker Gregory Tape inspired Tomorrow's People to a 5-0 elimination of Marl Road in the first round of the St James FA Captain's Bakery & Grill Knockout football competition on Thursday at Bickersteth.
Tape scored the opener eight minutes into the contest, and then added a second in the 13th minute, before completing his work seven minutes from time when he side-footed a beautiful pass into the back of the net. Ricardo Scott was also on target for Tomorrow's People in the 24th.
The uninspired Marl Road looked dull in attack and even worse in defence and conceded an own goal when defender Rodwell Clarke slammed an attempted clearance high into his own net in the 86th, to make it five for the home side.
It was the visitors who started brighter and could have taken the lead in the fourth minute when David Reid rifled a free kick goalwards, but the goalkeeper did well to tip the ball on to the crossbar.
But it was Tomorrow's People who took the lead from their first free kick, some 35 yards out. Tape lashed the ball, which dipped and rolled between the legs of a stunned Errol Campbell in goal for Marl Road; and thereafter, it was relentless attacking as Marl Road were pummeled into submission.
In other results, Wadadah FC booked their ticket to the next round with a 1-0 win over Juniors FC, through a 14th-minute strike from Curtis Palmer.
Nigel Barrett and Jordi Reid were on target in Seaview's 2-1 victory over Montego Bay Boys' Club (MBBC). Jarvis Morrison scored for MBBC. Meanwhile, in another encounter, Troy Reid's 20th-minute goal was enough for Granville to end Irwin FC's dream.