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Jackson, Hoilett share spoils in Region of Peel derby


It’s a rare occurrence — two Canadian players facing each other in an English Premier League game.

And, in the end, the spoils were shared in the Region of Peel Derby, as Norwich got a last-gasp penalty goal from Grant Holt to earn a 3-3 tie with Blackburn.

So, Mississauga, Ont.’s Simeon Jackson — who came on as 76th-minute sub for the Canaries, and Brampton, Ont’s Junior Hoilett, who scored just before halftime to give Blackburn a 1-0 lead, had to settle for the draw.

Hoilett, who has continually refused national-team coach Stephen Hart’s offers to suit up for Canada, scored a wonder goal in the first half at Carrow Road; he cut in from the left side across the top of the penalty area. Once he got closer to the top of the box, he unleashed a right-footed shot that found the top corner.

Down 3-1 late in the second half, Jackson was brought in to the match to give Norwich an offensive boost. And, even though he didn’t score, he did make a couple of decent runs that caused Rovers some trouble.

So, Brampton and Mississauga, er, Norwich and Blackburn, had to share the spoils Saturday. But Norwich is in eighth, and Blackburn is in the relegation zone, so….

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  1. James

    October 30, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Now I wanna see ’em both play for Canada. And the Julian’s kid brother too. We might have a shot in the next hex

    • Andre

      November 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Absolutely. If we could just retain the players we produce, we would have a World Cup team (regular participant). Young De Guzman (who still could cap with us legally), the two Hoilett brothers (who lets hope don’t choose England or Jamaica), then we would have a midfield which would probably be the best in Concacaf. Think about it, De Guzman plays in Villarreal, he starts there… that is remarkable for a Canadian player. Also, Hoilett is a top prospect in the EPL, he has uncommon attacking talent.

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