Sandals RP, Couples sizzle in BH football
Couples Tower Isle and Sandals Royal Plantation (RP) both scored big wins in the Sandals Resorts International-sponsored St Ann/St Mary Business House (BH) Football Competition on Tuesday at Drax Hall.
Defending champions Couples Tower Isle blanked Beaches Ocho Rios 7-0, thanks to a hat-trick from in-form striker Mauracio Gordon and danger man Gregory Tate, who slammed in two goals.
The match, however, was not as one-sided as the scoreline suggests, as Beaches had two glorious chances in the first four minutes of play, but failed to convert.
However, after Gordon fired in the first goal, the floodgates opened, knocking the life out of the hotel men, for whom midfielder Raheem McIntosh looked a solid player, with speed and deft passing.
In the feature match, Sandals Royal Plantation turned in a classy display in their opening match of the competition, defeating Jewels Dunn's River 6-2.
Sandals Royal Plantation's captain, Sheldon Ashpole, was one of the star players in the game. His team also put on a clinical display of short passing and could be among the surprise packages in this year's competition.
Action continues today with two important matches. At 4 p.m., Jewels Runaway Bay clash with Police, while in the feature at 6 p.m., Sandals Ochi Beach Resort will be looking for their first win against a classy NERHA aggregation.
Jewels will be led by skipper Dwayne Gopaulsingh, who has been one of the quality midfielders in the competition so far, while Sandals Ochi will be looking to top scorer Roy Ricketts, to open their winning account.
Tomorrow, Sandals Royal Plantation and Beaches Ocho Rios will meet at 4 p.m. in a clash of the Sandals hotel family, while Margaritaville MoBay and NERHA are set for battle at 6 p.m.