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Last Updated: Monday, 19 May, 2003, 10:51 GMT 11:51 UK
Jersey wins Muratti final
The Muratti final
2,000 football fans watched the replay at Springfield
A bizarre own goal by Guernsey has crowned Jersey as Channel Island football champions.

The island side won by a goal to nil over their old adversaries in a replay at Springfield.

Simon Johns spectacular own goal with 20 minutes to go gave Jersey victory in front of a wet crowd of 2,000.

The Guernsey defender's deflection rocketed into the top left-hand corner giving keeper Jody Bisson no chance of saving the shot.

Even game

He sliced a Jersey cross into the top corner of his own net to finally separate the sides after over three and a half hours of football.

In an even game both sides had chances to increase their score, but Guernsey will be disappointed not to have won the match on home soil a fortnight ago, Jersey staging a dramatic draw at the first game at Footes Lane.

Defenders won the man of the match awards for both games, Guernsey's Stuart Polson in the first match and Jersey's Ryan Lumsden for the replay.

It is Jersey's second successive Muratti triumph and stands the team in good stead as they prepare to play in this summer's Island Games.

The side will be hoping to better the bronze medal they won two years ago when they compete in Guernsey at the end of next month.

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