Junior football: Freak injury hits Accies’ title ambitions

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With a game in hand and a point behind leaders Trinity, the Accies will now be thinking about silverware as they make their late assault for the Oaklands Trophy.But their challenge has suffered a setback as influential midfielder Rikki Morgan broke two bones in a shoulder when he fell awkwardly after scoring his goal – a brilliant individual effort with a weaving run from the half way line followed by an unstoppable shot.Accies manager Bob Doran said: ‘It was an excellent game and Rikki was unlucky to have picked up the injury.

I don’t know how long he will be out but we will miss him.’Doran said Morgan had a great game while the match was an excellent advert for junior football.

Both teams passed the ball well while many of the goals were well-taken, including two from in-form St Peter striker Ryan Le Cornu.Accies went 4-1 ahead only to lose Morgan soon after and St Peter took full advantage to get back to 4-3.

With their substitutes used Accies were down to ten and goalkeeper Matt Caboz kept them ahead with one excellent save.St Peter, who had Ross Baron sent off following two cautions, missed a couple of other very good chances before the Accies notched their fifth to kill off St Peter’s hopes with just 90 seconds remaining.Mark Le Maistre hit St Peter’s other goal with Bobby Melim (two), Wil Sim and Michael Pereira also on target for Accies.St Paul’s require just two points from their remaining three matches to win the under-16 Division I title.

The Saints retained their 100 per cent record in the division after hitting seven past Sporting Academics without reply.Accies manager Jim Sim said: ‘It was a struggle with only ten players but, full credit to them, their effort and commitment was first class throughout.

All seven goals were well executed and it could have been much higher had it not been for some excellent goalkeeping by David Clarke.’Steve Proffitt gave the best display I’ve seen from a referee this season.

Both teams gave it their all, resulting in fair, but hard tackling, and he played the advantage as often as possible and just implemented common sense with his judgments.’Jersey Wanderers, who are 14 points behind St Paul’s, moved into second place after Scott Slicer’s hat-trick helped them defeat Rozel Rovers 3-0 at the Hockey Club.The gulf between top and bottom was evident in Division II with leaders St Brelade defeating St Ouen 10-0.

Kyle Hampshire and Shaun Kearns score hat-tricks, Dan King scored twice and James Hamelin and Harry Vardon once each.Under-14 Division leaders Jersey Scottish maintained their 100 per cent following a 1-0 success against Jersey Wanderers.

Calum Brennan scored the only goal.Division II champions St Brelade completed their league season undefeated after a 6-0 home win against Rozel Rovers.

The Westerners’ scorers were Declan Norris (three), Josh Hinds, Jordan McBride and Luca Nicolle.Sporting Academics secured the runners-up position a 2-1 win against third-placed St Ouen.

Chris Ward and Sam Meiklejohn notched for Accies and Jake Powell for the parish team.Daniel Tardivel scored four of St Paul’s A’s goals in an under-12 Red Group win against Rozel Rovers.

Ollie de la Cour also put his name on the score-sheet for the winners with Rozel’s consolations grabbed by Harry Watkins and Joe Parkinson.Phil Le Maistre hit Grouville’s goal in a 4-1 White Group defeat by St Peter B while St Ouen’s 6-1 win against St Clement B came after four goals from Sam Cartwright and two by Jamie Brown.

Andrew Kearsey replied.

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