Title decider tonight

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A SHOCK finish to the Coca-Cola Combination Premiership on Saturday, with previously unbeaten Trinity FC losing 2-0 at home to Grouville, means a title play-off decider at Springfield tonight against reigning champions St Paul’s.

Trinity’s run of 15 unbeaten games left them needing just one point to be sure of taking the title ahead of St Paul’s, who comfortably beat St Ouen 4-0 away on Saturday, but two unanswered goals from Grouville’s Island striker Luc Le Miere has left Trinity and St Paul’s on 39 points each, setting up a grand finale to see who represents Jersey against Guernsey champions Northerners in Saturday’s Upton, also at Springfield.

However, while Trinity manager Joe Morley was bemoaning his side being too tense and under pressure (they were a goal down right at the start and Le Miere’s second, via a deflection, came as another body blow in the second half), Saints’ manager Craig Culkin was incensed that his side had not been awarded the Marquis Trophy outright.

‘In any other league in the world we would have been crowned champions,’ he said. ‘I keep looking at the table. We’ve scored nearly 60 goals and our goal difference is over twice that of the side who finished second.’ he said

• Picture: Trinity’s Barry Beatson, fails to find the net with this spectacular effort against Grouville on Saturday. (00667098)

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