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ID issue sees Bay gift Dela three points in Major League

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Flow/St Catherine FA Major League Table as at November 15, 2016 Flow/St Catherine FA Major League Table as at November 15, 2016 Data provided by St Catherine FA

Dela Vega FC have been awarded maximum points plus a three-nil goal margin over Old Harbour Bay after the latter failed to present player identification cards in their scheduled Major League game over the weekend at the Marlie Acres Community Sports Complex.

The situation was embarrassing for Linval Dixon, head coach of Old Harbour Bay, one of the favourites to win the premier football competition in St Catherine sponsored by FLOW.

“When you prepare your team for a game and to come on the day no ID, goes to the show the quality in terms of management is not where it ought to be. It’s really frustrating knowing that you just give away three points like that. It’s really sloppy. How can you have a team and management doesn’t know where the IDs are,” said a clearly upset Dixon, a former national player and experienced coach.

Attempts by Old Harbour Bay officials in seeking a compromise for the game to play fell through as referee Michael Findlay officially called off the game at approximately 3:58 pm.

It was not a case of capitalizing on an opportunity created by their opponents, argued Zekiel Simpson, technical director of Dela Vega.

“First thing we are governed by rules which say if you don’t have any ID the game can’t play. I think the approach by the Old Harbour Bay officials and the referee was wrong. We have been here warming up long before three o’clock and nobody said anything to us. So we have been left in the dark. It’s a consensus decision because the team wants to go forward,” he told Old Harbour News.

“We don’t consider it as three easy points. We prepared for this Old Harbour Bay team. Old Harbour Bay is one of the best teams currently in the Major League, so playing them would have really tell us where we are at the moment. We come here to play football.”

With the result, Dela Vega leapfrogged Old Harbour Bay by a point to lead Zone B with seven points. In the overall table, Dela Vega lead Federal on goal difference after the latter clipped New Raiders 1-0, while Old Harbour slipped to third in the 12-team standing.

In other matches played over the weekend, Newland came away from Christian Pen 1-0 victors, while Dunbeholden suffered their third consecutive defeat of the season, losing 2-1 at home to Portsmouth.

The league continues on November 20 with two fourth-round games at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. At 4:00 pm Dela Vega play Dunbeholden before Royal Lakes square off with Portsmouth in the 6:00 pm feature.

The final set of games in round four will be played on November 21 with Newland hosting Fraziers Whip, Christian Pen travelling to Chedwin Park to play Federal United, GC Foster entertaining New Raiders and Old Harbour Bay playing Tru Juice FC at Knollis. Start time for all matches is 3:00 pm.

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