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Trinity go clear after Saints win

Barry Beatson
Barry Beatson's overhead kick was the highlight of Saturday's big match

Trinity are five points clear at the top of Jersey football's Premiership after beating champions St Paul's 2-1 in Saturday's big game at the top.

Trinity's Steve McCarter struck in the second minute to give them the lead.

Barry Beatson then scored a spectacular overhead bicycle kick from the edge of the penalty area with 20 minutes to go.

St Paul's scored a late consolation when island captain Stuart Andre tapped in from a corner with five minutes to go, but Trinity held on.

"We're striving to be the top team at the moment so we knew how important this game was going to be," Trinity boss Joe Morley told BBC Radio Jersey.

And he said that Beatson's goal was no fluke: "We keep telling him off for trying it but he's persistent at it. He loves trying it and he's scored three or four, it's not like a fluke."

There's still three or four teams in this, there's not just us and St Paul's. We've just got to be wary now and try and build on this win.

Trinity manager Joe Morley
St Paul's manager Craig Culkin felt his side's poor start cost them dear.

"It seems to be the story of our season, not starting quick out of the traps, and fair play to Trinity, they came at us and were sharper for the first 15 minutes," he said.

"I'm disappointed with the two goals we conceded but we'll bounce back from this. Don't write us off yet."

And Morley warned that just because his side are clear at the top does not mean the title is cut and dried yet.

"There's still three or four teams in this, there's not just us and St Paul's. We've just got to be wary now and try and build on this win."

Elsewhere, Grouville stay fourth, two points behind St Paul's, after beating Jersey Wanderers 5-1 at the Hockey Club.

Luc Le Miere and Michael Teixeira both scored twice for the eastern parish side as Wanderers slipped to the bottom of the table on goal difference.

St Peter are still fifth after their second win of the season - 3-2 at home to Rozel Rovers. Bradley Russell scored twice for St Peter, but Rozel moved up a place after Wanderers' heavy defeat.

In the other game, St Ouen got an important win in the fight against relegation after beating Sporting Academics 2-1 at the IJB.

Shane Carre and Jon Evans scored for St Ouen, with Phil Helleur getting Accies' goal. St Ouen are now three points ahead of seventh-placed Accies and four ahead of the bottom two.



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