Junior football: Tower back on top

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With the vast majority of Jersey’s FA County Youth Cup squad on show there was some fine football played with Tower eventually getting the upperhand in the second half to win with goals from Nathan Jégou and Peter Vincenti.Jégou took advantage of some hesitancy in the Saints’ defence following a corner while Vincenti got ahead of his marker following a cross from the left to bundle the ball over the goal-line.The attitude and commitment from both sets of players was very good throughout and ,despite three collecting cautions, it was a sporting contest.There was nothing between the teams at half time as both defences bossed their opposing forwards.Joel Speight, who is holding down a place regularly for Southampton U17s in the FA Youth Academy League, made a big difference to Tower in the second half.

Coming on at the break to play in midfield, he linked well with his colleagues and, as well as being quick to close the opposition down, he was also prepared to run with the ball at the opposition.Goalkeepers Aaron Gouveia, St Paul’s, and Jack Jouanny, Tower, showed good handling and positional play while also making one good save apiece.Tower’s win moved them three points clear of St Paul’s.Richard Russell scored all of Grouville’s goals in a 4-2 win at the Hockey Club against Jersey Wanderers, the latter who scored their first divisional goals of the season.

Grouville’s first points of the season leave Wanderers, who netted through Ryan Ward and Jordan Rae, in bottom place.Sporting Academics, who have played a game more, and Trinity, maintained their 100 per cent records in Division II.The Accies returned from St John 3-1 winners after two goals by Oliver Lucas and a single from Nelson de Castro.

St John’s consolation was Chris Le Brocq’s 25-yarder.Gordon McCallum was the only marksman at Trinity where the hosts defeated St Brelade 1-0.St Peter won the bottom-of-the-table game against Sporting 3-0 at St Peter where Ryan Le Cornu scored a brace and James Quinn a single.Jersey Scottish opened up a three-point lead at the top of under-14 Division I after Jack Boyle (two) and Aarron Scott netted in a 3-0 win against Jersey Wanderers at the Hockey Club.First Tower joined St Paul’s in joint second spot after they defeated Grouville 10-1.

At La Hague Manor there were goals for Alex Gee (three), Cieran Cooper (two), Ben Cox (two), Tim Cupit and Aaron Crowe, together with an own goal, for the hosts and Alex Peron for the visitors.St Brelade replaced Sporting Academics at the top of under-14 Division II after they won the top-of-the-table match against the previous leaders 3-0 at the FB Fields.

Liam Topham scored twice and Aaron Quaeck once.Aaron Sieroczuk bagged a hat-trick in St Peter’s 8-2 win at Le Couvent against Rozel Rovers.

Also on target for the parish side, who moved into second place, were Matt Sartin (two), Alan Falle, Rory Topping and Sam Willcocks.St Clement and St Ouen shared four goals at St Clement where Alberto Miranda and Jordan Faulkner hit the target for the hosts and Peter Rothwell and Rhys Le Quelenec likewise for the visitors.St Paul’s B and Jersey Scottish won under-12 Blue Group matches against Jersey Wanderers B and St Peter A respectively.

Blake Derbyshire, Nick Wildman, George Houzé and Jamie Bouchet scored for St Paul’s; Ben Rose got Wanderers’ consolation while Scottish’s marksmen were Scott Finnigan, Elliot Sweet and Pakawun Follon.

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