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Semis battle heats up

Published:Tuesday | March 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Christian Pen and Portsmouth are in quite a tussle for the fourth spot - an automatic qualifying place for the semi-finals of the LIME St Catherine Football Association Major League.

With three games to play, Christian Pen and Portmore rivals Portsmouth are locked on 23 points, with identical plus-two goal difference, but Christian Pen have scored more goals. The two cannot breathe easily as sixth-place Wanderers (20) and seventh-place Dunbeholden, also on 20, can make the semi-finals.

Leaders Frasziers Whip (40 points) and second-place Rodwood (34) have already qualified, while third-place DB Basovak (30) are virtually through to the semis.

Five games were played last Saturday. Christian Pen drew 1-1 with Rodwood. Fabian Whyte gave Christian Pen a 74th-minute lead, but André Austin equalised in the 76th. Rodwood also missed a penalty as Dale Dixon botched his kick in the 26th minute. In other games, leaders Frasziers Whip, through goals from Kemar Beckford (26th) and Olanzo Brown (44th), defeated Portsmouth 2-0.