Weekend football round-up: Jersey sides dominate Wheway cup

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TWO quarter-finals of the Wheway Memorial Cup involving cross-Channel Islands rivalry went in favour of the Jersey clubs on Saturday.

St Paul’s, who have won the trophy a record 20 times, narrowly fought off the attentions of St Martin’s, winning 2-1.

St Paul’s squad are almost entirely made up of teenagers, but it is a testament to their talent that they find themselves in the last four of the competition. Callum Gilroy and Barry Beatson scored the goals.

Meanwhile, St Clement enjoyed a 4-2 home win over Northerners. Free-scoring Karl Hinds bagged another hat-trick, with Kushal Frankson also on target.

There was just one Premiership game at the weekend, but it was no surprise there were plenty of goals at St Brelade. The western parish side are looking prolific in attack and could consider themselves contenders for their first-ever title but will need to tighten up defensively. They beat Grouville 4-3, courtesy of a hat-trick from Kieran Lester and an Ed Jeffries strike.

Andre Nunes, Max Rivers and Harry Ecobichon scored for the easterners.

St Ouen C hammered Trinity 7-2 in the Championship 2.

Shane Carre scored a hat-trick, Jack Nayar added a brace, with Callum McDougall and Vincent Gilbert also netting for St Ouen.

Aarron Scott and Matthew Veloso replied for Trinity, with the former sent off in the second half.

St Clement C beat St Lawrence 7-1, while St John Reserves won 1-0 at home to Grouville C thanks to Finlay Roberts’ goal and Ryan Le Cornu’s double helped set a 3-2 win for St Peter C against St Paul’s Reserves. Luc Scott added the third.

There was just one match in the Walking Football League with Portuguese beating St John 2-1.

In the women’s division, Jersey Wanderers made an early statement with a 3-2 win over defending champions Rozel Rovers in the round-robin stage of the Women’s Zenith Cup.

Rovers have won the competition four times in the past five seasons, with Wanderers’ lone win coming in the 2017/18 season.

Each of the three teams involved have got to play each other again, with the top two progressing to the final, so plenty could change, but the win will certainly give Wanderers a boost to their confidence.

Hannah Lynam opened the scoring to give Wanderers a 1-0 lead at half-time.

Former Wanderers striker Louise Van Der Vliet levelled matters after the break but quick-fire goals from Lara Couvert and Sam Silva lifted Wanderers to victory, despite Van Der Vliet sealing her brace late on.

Wanderers travel across L’Avenue de la Reine Elizabeth II to St Peter on Sunday knowing a win should send them to the final.

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