Digicel Pro Bowl

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Army charge back to beat Jabloteh

Army charge back to beat JablotehDefence Force charged into the semi-final round of the Digicel Pro Bowl with a 2-1 come from behind win over San Juan Jabloteh in Tuesday's second quarterfinal clash at the Marvin Lee Stadium.

Jabloteh started strong and took the lead when Jason Marcano headed past goalkeeper Kevin Graham in the 33rd minute off Kennedy Hinkson’s cross from the right.

But second half goals by Jerwyn Balthazar and Richard Roy snatched the 2-1 victory for the Ross Russell coached Soldiers and placed them into Friday's semi-final round against W Connection from 8pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Eleven minutes into the match Jabloteh’s Ataulla Guerra spilled wide in an attempt to curl his effort past Graham with the Terry Fenwick coached side enjoying good possession in the opening moments.

Defence Force responded with an effort by Richard Roy in the 13th minute which was pushed onto the upright by goalkeeper Cleon John before defender Karlon Murray came to the rescue to tap it off the line.

Defence Force midfielder Jerwyn Balthazar then spilled over bar when he slid into the area in the 20th minute to meet a powerful low cross by Jahvon Neptune who disposed Marcano of the ball before making his run on the right.

But in the 33rd minute Jabloteh stole the advantage when Marcano flung himself in to meet Hinkson’s cross from the right, heading the ball over a fully stretched Graham for a 1-0 score.

Seconds later after a neat string of passes, Jabloteh’s Hector Sam disappointingly directed his blast into the arms of Graham in what should have cushioned the San Juan club.

Three minutes from the half Jabloteh goalie John brilliantly denied Corey Rivers’ set-piece blast from 23 yards out.

Defence Force then leveled the scores 1-1 seven minutes inside the second period when Balthazar headed past John off Rivers left-side corner.

John then rescued his side in the 70th minute blanking Michael Edwards from close range as the Defence Force exposed some lose defending by Jabloteh.

But two minutes later Richard Roy was gifted all the time and space to blast a shot into John’s far netting to push the Soldiers into the lead 2-1.

Jabloteh responded with a couple changes, replacing forward Hector Sam with defender Jamal Jack and defender Joel Russell with an inexperienced Marvin Springer.  U16 midfielder Nicholas Castellanos was also thrown into the mix making his debut replacing Elijah Manners.

Defence Force 2—1 San Juan Jabloteh
Jerwyn Balthazar 52’, Richard Roy 72’ ;  Jason Marcano 33’

Defence Force—Kevin Graham(gk), Corey Rivers(capt.), Devin Jordan, Michael Edwards(Kerry Joseph 73rd), Kurt Williams, Rondell Elcock, Jerwyn Balthazar, Sean Narcis(Dexter Pacheco 90th)(Y), Javon Neptune, Richard Roy(Balondemu Julius 90th), Glynn Franklyn

Coach—Ross Russell

San Juan Jabloteh—Cleon John(gk), Hector Sam(Jamal Jack 72), Karlon Murray, Anton Hutchinson, Joel Russell(Marvin Springer 74th), Elijah Manners(Nicholas Castellanos 78th), Christan Thomas, Ataulla Guerra, Jason Marcano, Mikhil Awai, Kennedy Hinkson

Coach—Terry Fenwick

Full 2010-2011 Digicel Pro Bowl schedule
Quarter Final Round
Friday 18 March
Marvin Lee Stadium

Joe Public 3—0 Police FC(Group A 1)
North East Stars 0—2 W Connection(Group B 1)

Tuesday 22 March
Marvin Lee Stadium

Ma Pau SC 0—2 Caledonia AIA(Group A 2)
Defence Force 2—1 San Juan Jabloteh(Group B 2)

Semi-Final Round
Friday 25 March
Hasely Crawford Stadium

Joe Public vs Caledonia AIA—6pm(Group A)
W Connection vs Defence Force—8pm(Group B)

Final
Friday 01 April

Group A winner vs Group B winner