Darrel John notched a beaver-trick as leaders Cantaro United FC scored a comfortable 4-2 win away to North Coast SCC but the Santa Cruz-based club failed to shake off the chasing Trendsetter Hawks, following matches in the Northern Football Association’s Premiership on Sunday.

With the win, Cantaro moved to 26 points from 11 matches; Hawks are level with them on points but Cantaro have a match in hand and also enjoy a superior goal-differential.

Playing on their home base at La Fillette, North Coast drew first blood through Jameel Maharaj in the 22nd minute but only for John to reply for Cantaro, two minutes later. Two more strikes, in the 29th and 35th minutes, earned John a first-half hat-trick and put the visitors up 3-1 at the interval.

Maharaj raised the hopes of North Coast fans with his second item, early in the second half, but John put the game to bed and achieved the rare accomplishment of four goals when he found the net again in the 74th minute.

Meanwhile, Trendsetter Hawks didn’t have to kick a ball on the TSTT Ground at Queen’s Park Savannah as they were awarded victory by default, 3-0, over Paramin Scholars United.

And on the nearby New Ground, the “Belmont Derby” ended in a 2-2 stalemate, leaving Belmont FC still in fourth position, now on 18 points after 11 games, three more than St Francois Nationals who have three points less and have played one game more.

Belmont FC’s Jesse Alexis (40’) scored the only goal in the opening half but Kenndell Baptiste had St Francois back on level terms just three minutes after the restart. Odelle Armstrong then put St Francois on top in the 59th but the lead was short-lived, Kevan St Brice replying within 60 seconds to earn Belmont a share of the points.

Former leaders Cultural Roots, third on 20 points, will play Patna/River Estate SSCC tomorrow evening on the Training Ground at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. That match kicks off at 6 p.m. Matches in the Championship Division are on today and tomorrow.

Sunday’s NFA

Premiership results:

St Francois Nat’ls 2-2 Belmont FC North Coast SCC 2-4 Cantaro Utd FC Paramin Scholars 0-3 Trendsetter Hawks (by default)

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