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Sub lifts St Michael North

Justin Marville

Sub lifts St Michael North

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Randy Harris now has a “personal” stake in the David Thompson Memorial Constituency Councils’ Classic.
The Barbados Football Association president’s son, Jomo Harris, came on as a super sub to score the decisive goal in stoppage time of St Michael North’s dramatic 2-1 comeback victory over St Michael West-Central at Eden Lodge on Saturday night.
It was the stunning finish to a thrilling round-of-16 encounter that deserved nothing less with the two neighbouring areas vying for the last quarter-final spot.
The visiting West-Central side survived one threatening attack after another as extra time beckoned in the dying moments of what was a classic knockout game.
But their tiring defence could not hold out, and Harris finally got on the end of a fine individual effort from Damian Welch to score the winner one minute into stoppage time.
Bursting down the right flank, Welch broke down two defenders before recovering the ball to slip past a third on the goal-line and square back a ball for an onrushing Harris, who did well to slide low and hit past Kemar Worrell.
The resulting finish was almost inevitable as Welch’s efforts down the right flank created numerous problems for an aged backline that struggled to keep out the winger.
West-Central were lucky not to have conceded at least two prior goals just minutes earlier, as Welch had a goal disallowed after he handled the ball in the area while Jamar “Crouch” Grazette missed a header right in front the bars.
It was the story of Grazette’s lacklustre night which saw the lanky forward muff countless opportunities in the first half.
This was after Jason Haynes gave the visitors an early lead in the 21st minute when he was played through off a delightful header from Richard Headley, who tapped on a pinpoint Christopher Atherley pass.
However, Grazette finally made up for his previous gaffes when he received a similar ball from Andre Pinder to convert a clinical low strike in the 64th minute.
In an earlier match, Jason Boyce and Raymond Hope scored within a minute of each other early in the first half before Jomo Harewood sealed the deal on the other side of the break in St Andrew’s 3-1 victory over St Lucy.
Against the run of play, Boyce outran two defenders for a long clearance and slotted the ball past keeper Roger Yearwood in the eighth minute while Hope followed up with another strike just seconds later.
Marlon Greaves pulled one back for St Lucy with a stunning free kick just outside the area in the 38th but Yearwood duly wrapped up the contest in the second half.
At Dover, Christ Church East Central advanced to a quarter-final date with St Michael South-Central by beating St Michael North-West 3-2 on penalties after the game was tied 1-1 after extra time. St Philip West downed Christ Church South 3-1 to advance to a game against Christ Church West-Central.
St Andrew will play St Michael North in the quarters while defending champions The City take on St James Central.