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Lowly Norwood shock leaders Reno

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Reno defender Orane Warren (left) is tackled by Norwood Strikers' Garfield Hall during the Captain's Bakery & Grill Western Confederation Super League football match at the Urban Development Corporation playing field on Tuesday. Norwood stunned Reno 1-0. - Paul Clarke Photo

Paul Clarke,  Gleaner Writer


Norwood Strikers of Montego Bay played out of their skin to stop high-flying Reno in their tracks, with a telling 1-0 win in action from the Captain's Bakery and Grill Western Confederation Super League, to log their first triumph of the season.

Orlando Beckford was the hero, netting the winner in the 37th minute. However, Reno could count themselves unlucky, coming close to scoring on a number of occasions, including a miss at point-blank range from Melvin Blair.

The Manning's School daCosta Cup captain failed to deal with a teasing cross from the right flank and managed only to lift the ball over the crossbar, with the advancing keeper at his mercy.

Norwood then made them pay on a counter-attack when Beckford fired the ball into empty net with the Reno keeper out of position.

The win gives Norwood their fourth point and keeps them down the pecking order, while Reno remain in the lead in Zone Two, clear of nearest challengers Tomorrow People, who played to a draw with Holland at Jarrett Park.

Leading striker Gregory Tape of Tomorrow People clearly had an off day and his teammates never looked like scoring either as Holland stood their ground in defence and even looked more likely to score.

Petersfield FC, meanwhile, blanked Harmony 2-0, with Romario White netting in the 21st minute then Gavin Henry sealing their first win in the 65th minute.

Village United are out front in Zone One followed by Catherine Hall and Wadadah, who have a superior goal difference over Harmony. Petersfield and Logwood bring up the rear.

Standings after four rounds:

Zone One: Village United nine, Catherine Hall seven, Wadadah four, Harmony four, Petersfield three, Logwood one.

Zone Two: Reno nine, Tomorrow People seven, Bamboo seven, Holland five, Norwood four, Granville one.