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Jersey win the 100th Muratti at Springfield

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Jersey win the 100th Muratti

Jersey have lifted the Muratti Vase for a second time in two years after beating Guernsey 1-0 in front of their home supporters.

A volley by captain Luke Watson was the only difference in a game of missed opportunities that produced two red cards.

It was a jittery first half of football, both sides obviously feeling the occasion and the impressive crowd that had gathered on a beautiful afternoon at Springfield.

Guernsey looked like the side who might open the scoring but Craig Young fired wide early.

The best chance in the first half came from a piece of individual brilliance by Ross Allen, after weaving his way through Jersey's defence he earned himself a well placed free kick, but it rattled of the far post and the game remained goalless at half-time.

It was Jersey who came out of the break looking like the better side, perhaps something to do with their star manager; former Aston Villa boss Brian Little.

Luke Watson stepped up to his role as captain by scoring in his second successive Muratti and 15 mins later he was involved in another crucial incident. A high foot challenge by Jamie Dodd left the Jersey skipper bloodied on the ground and Dodd walking off the pitch with his second yellow.

Even though Craig Russell was sent off for a second booking after an altercation with a Guernsey player, the mountain was just too steep for the visitors to climb and despite the odd shot at goal from the Sarnians it was the home side who looked more likely to net a second.

The result means Jersey have now won the title 54 times, Guernsey 46, and Alderney once in 1920.

Luke Watson was named man of the match

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