Football:St Peter grab vital point

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Combination Division I on Saturday.

The hosts kept their shape excellently throughout and after twice falling behind to well-taken goals from Glen Durrans, both set up by 15-year-old Brett Pitman, they may well have won the match but for a goal-line clearance from St Paul’s substitute Danny Hughes, another junior, in the closing minutes.Young Ryan Le Cornu lifted a gilt-edged chance over the St Paul’s crossbar in the first half while after the break St Paul’s hit the woodwork twice through Pitman and Stephen Reed, the latter whose goal-bound shot was finger-tipped onto and over the crossbar by home goalkeeper Gareth Bayley.St Peter’s point won lifts them up a place to seventh.

Magpies drop to eighth – one place above the relegation positions currently held by bottom-placed Sporting Academics and Rozel Rovers.Keith Le Cornu, St Peter’s manager, said: ‘The result was quite pleasing because we’ve been struggling.

St Paul’s beat us 4-2 in the Cup and in a previous league game so getting the draw was a good result.’There were two juniors who came on for the first time, my son Ryan who is 15 and 16-year-old James Quinn.

It’s nice to have the youngsters coming through, both acquitted themselves very well and Ryan had a hand in the first goal.’Having the juniors bodes well for the future and shows the importance of the club’s junior set-up.’The team are a good bunch of lads, they train and work hard.

You get out of this game what you put in, and they’ve done the Club proud.’Gary Freeman and Lee Turner were on target for St Peter.Jersey Scottish and Guernsey Northerners progressed into the semi-finals of the Wheway Cup following victories against Jersey Wanderers and First Tower respectively on Saturday.Scottish defeated Wanderers 3-0 at Les Quennevais following two goals by Jed McConnell and one from Jordan Docherty.North, current leaders in Guernsey’s Priaulx League, won 6-2 at the same venue with Antony Saunders grabbing a hat-trick and Dave Rihoy, Jon Veron and Ross Cameron singles for the winners.

Tower hit the target through Scott Walsh and juniors Nathan Jégou and Ryan Durrand.Tower manager Dave Philpott said: ‘We defended badly, we contributed to all the goals we conceded except their fifth which was an excellent wind-assisted volley just after half time.’Basically we defended badly.

For the first four goals we won the first ball into our penalty area but then North reacted quicker to the second ball to capitalise.’Full credit to my lads they battled back brilliantly.

After trailing 6-1 we got back to 6-3.

We also hit a post and had another effort cleared off the goal-line.’We could have forced extra-time but to concede six goals we really didn’t deserve to win.’St Ouen enhanced their hopes of playing Division I football next season after opening a seven-point lead over third-placed St John in Division II on Saturday afternoon.The Saints defeated Sporting Club 3-2 at Les Quennevais to move to within five points of leaders Grouville, who were without a game, while St John’s promotion drive faulted as they were beaten 2-0 by new boys Jersey Nomads at the FB Fields.St Ouen were made to work hard for their maximum points and they eventually got them with goals from Scott Quarrell, Damian Noble and Rob Sanford.

SCF registered their consolations through Tristan Le Marquand and Mark Nightingale.Carl Winn and Paul Lees were on target for Nomads, the latter who avenged league and cup defeats earlier in the season.

Nomads’ win was their first in six matches and as a result they hoisted themselves two places up the table to seventh.Magpies Reserves booked a first round Lady Bingham Trophy match against Beeches Old Boys after they won a preliminary round match 7-2 against Sporting Club Reserves at Les Quennevais.There were two goals apiece for Mark Holley, Paul Cilia and Matt Pamplin with Mick Siouville notching Magpies’ other.

Marco Goncalves and Danny Harris hit the target for SCF.Sean Anderton and Tony Amorin bagged a brace of goals each to steer Rozel Rovers to a 4-0 C Division win against Sporting Academics at the Airport.Rozel’s win moved them ahead of second-placed Grouville, the latter who have a game in hand.Bottom-of-the-table Beeches Old Boys almost doubled their goals tally for the season.

With just five goals scored in ten previous games, they scored four times on Saturday only to be beaten 7-4 by the home team at St John.Steve Brennan (two), Adi Dixon (two), Wayne English, Steve Dewhurst and Paul Lamy netted for the winners and Paul Skinner (two), Hamlyn Moon and Tom Hart for the losers.Results: JFA Wheway Cup, 2nd rd, First Tower United 3, North (Guernsey) 6; Jersey Wanderers 0, Jersey Scottish 3.WJ Collins Trophy, 2nd rd: Rozel Rovers v Portuguese Club postponed.Flybe.

Combination, Div I: St Peter 2, St Paul’s 2.Div II: Grouville v Beeches pp; Jersey Nomads 2, St John 0; St Clement v St Brelade pp; St Lawrence v St Martin pp; Sporting Club 2, St Ouen 3.Lady Bingham Trophy, preliminary rd: Sporting Club Res 2, Magpies Res 7.C Division: Jersey Wanderers v St Peter pp; Sporting Academics 0, Rozel Rovers 4; St Brelade v Grouville pp; St John 7, Beeches Old Boys 4; St Ouen v St Clement pp.Ladies League: Grouville v Jersey Wanderers pp; St Brelade v First Tower pp; St Clement v Rozel Rovers pp; St John 0, St Peter 5.Lloyds TSB Junior League, U14, Div I: Grouville v Jersey Wanderers pp; St Paul’s 0, Jersey Scottish 5.Div II: Rozel Rovers v St Ouen pp; St Brelade 8, St Peter 1; St Clement v Sporting Academics pp.U12 Red Group: Grouville A 8, First Tower 0.Blue Group: Jersey Scottish 3, Jersey Wanderers B 1; St Paul’s B 5, St Brelade 1; St Peter A 12, St Clement A 4.

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