St John celebrate title award with clean sweep

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The new champions defeated former champions First Tower 4-2 at La Hague Manor for their 14th consecutive league win this season – a truly superb achievement.

St John manager Jayson Lee, who is assisted by Paul Kemp, said: ‘The girls have been fantastic, it was another super team effort and the goals we conceded were the first this year.

‘Our success has been because of the defence and goalkeeper playing well as a unit in every game.

‘Sunday’s victory maintained our unbeaten run, it was a fine game all round with all the goals being well taken.’ First Tower manager Geoff Van Der Vliet said: ‘We had what looked a perfectly good goal taken away from us and that would have made it 2-2.

‘The ball was going into the St John goal when a defender used her hand to keep it out.

Everyone saw it at the ground except the referee and the linesman! ‘Referee Paulo Martins said afterwards that he was looking at the assistant to see if the ball had gone over the line when the hand ball happened.

Obviously he couldn’t be looking in two different places at the same time so we had to get on with the game.

‘The final scoreline flattered St John a little but full credit to them they were worthy winners on the day and deserving champions.

‘They have been first-class all season, led by Becky Darts.

She has been awesome throughout and I believe she is the best ladies’ player playing in the league at the moment.’ Darts opened the scoring in the 20th minute by curling a low shot into a corner.

Leanne Bell levelled following an impressive bout of passing between numerous Tower players only for St John to regain the lead minutes after the break via Karen Caygill’s fierce shot.

After Tower had their above-mentioned ‘goal’ refused Nina Woods made it 3-1 to St John with a thunderous shot from 25 yards.

Darts finished off a long run with quality finish to make it 4-1 before Tower substitute Diana Dos Santos scored a late consolation.

Dos Santos fell shortly after and following a trip by ambulance to hospital she was later released with a twisted ankle.

Jersey Wanderers chalked up a third consecutive win.

At the Hockey Club, Becky Bichard scored from a curling 20-yard left-foot shot in the fourth minute to defeat St Clement 1-0.

Wanderers’ second consecutive clean sheet came courtesy of good defensive performances by Sim Sains and Fiona Gildea.

Sue Davison notched the only goal to give St Paul’s a 1-0 win away to St Brelade while St Peter won 10-0 at home against Grouville with goals by Sarah Gavey (three), Sue Stewart (three), Gemma Dunning (two), Lisa Godinho and Iolande Gomes.

Grouville started with nine and finished with seven with goalkeeper Katie Ridley pulling off a succession of good saves, including a penalty kick.

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