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Lucea, Drews Hill kick off double-header

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Claudia Gardner, Gleaner Writer

LUCEA, Hanover:

Lucea Police Officers Football Club will face Drews Hill, while Cross Road FC will try to stave off a challenge from Rock River, as action continues in the Stephen 'Shorty' Malcolm/Denton 'Melwood' Samuels Knockout Football championship today at the Central Football Field.

The first match is set to kick off at 3:30 p.m.

In the opening double-header on Sunday, Brissett FC edged Hanover Fire Department 1-0 in the first game. There was drama in the second match-up of the day as defending champions HQ FC and Pastors FC, after playing to a 0-0 stalemate, levelled 7-7 in the ensuing penalty shoot-out.

Vaughn Kirlew, Merrick Calvin, Rollin Nicholson, Devon Brackett, Mervin Megoo, Jason Simpson and goalkeeper Boris Douglas all slotted home for HQ, while the McFarlane trio of Clayon, Randy and Shion, Brian Hill, Marvin Kerr, Kemar Hazle and goalkeeper Uton Cockings were all on target for Pastors.

The game was affected by bad light which resulted in it being discontinued. The penalty shoot-out will be completed tomorrow. Twenty teams are participatingin this year's tournament, up from 18 last year, and it is being contested over a three-week period.

In the finals, set for January 24, teams will vie for the championship trophy named in honour of the two deceased men and the championship cash prize of $50,000. The runners-up will receive a cash prize and a trophy. There will also be sectional prizes for the leading goalscorer, Most Valuable Player and the Healthy Lifestyles team.

The competition was first staged in 2005 in memory of the late former Rusea's High School and national footballer, Malcolm, and the late Samuels, also a former Rusea's and national Under-23 player.

It is being spearheaded by the Hanover Sports Development Council and sponsored by Hanoverian expatriate Lloyd 'Bagga' Stewart, who grew up in the community of Johnson Town before migrating to England.