In Your Neighbourhood
lead in Major League
Portmore United increased their lead in the LIME St Catherine Major League to four points over second-place Tru-Juice. They now have 22 and Tru-Juice 18.
Portmore travelled to G.C. Foster College last weekend and came up trumps via an exciting 3-2 win. Paul Wilson opened up a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute, but Hannel Burrell replied to give G.C. Foster a 34th-minute equaliser, which lasted until the haft-time mark.
Immediately after the break, Jovan East restored Portmore's lead, and it became 3-1 when Radian Jennings netted their third and final goal in the 75th minute. Michael McLeod gave G.C. Foster a sniff of a hope by scoring three minutes later, but they could not score another goal. The loss dropped G.C. Foster to sixth on 13 points.
Meanwhile, the fight for third and fourth place between Newland and Christian Pen also intensified. Newland outscored Fraziers Whip 3-1 to keep third place, while Christian Pen edged the Spanish Town Police 1-0 to take fourth. Both are on 17 points.
In other results, Portsmouth tagged Naggo Head 3-0, Old Harbour Bay United and Albion drew 2-2, while Royal Lakes edged Dela Vega City 1-0.
Hillstars on top in Manchester
The cross zone phase of the Manchester Football Association's JB Rum/Captains Bakery Major League was completed last weekend. Quite interestingly, the trio of Zone Two teams Hill Stars, Comfort, and Downs lead a clean sweep of the overall standings. The Cobbla-community based Hill Stars are the leaders with 24 points from seven wins, three draws, and a loss. They have scored 20 goals and conceded four for a positive goal difference of 16. Their goal differential is two times better than the second-best team in this category.
Except for Hill Stars at the top, the race is close. Comfort are second overall on 19 points, followed by Downs on 18. Zone One teams Greenvale and Georges Valley are next with 16 points each. Only one point separates each of the next five teams.
In last weekend's results, Hill Stars knocked over Alligator Pond 4-0 at Alpart Sports Club. Delroy Johnson and Jermaine Green each scored twice. Comfort secured a come-from-behind victory over Georges Valley, 2-1; while at Brooks Park, Downs humiliated defending champions New Green 7-1. Gary McDonald scored a hat-trick, while Romario Allen netted twice.
Return matches in each zone will resume this weekend. Kirkvine will host a double-header today, featuring Alligator Pond against Porus and New Green vs Villa. Tomorrow, another-double header will be at Kirkvine, featuring Downs against Comfort and Hillstars vs Kendal. Brooks Park will host the Greenvale-Georges Valley clash tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.
Jamalco sponsor Manchester Division One
Clarendon-based alumina company Jamalco was introduced as the new sponsors of the Manchester Football Association (MFA) Division One football competition, which comprises 13 teams.
The competition kicked off at the Kirkvine Sports Complex last Sunday with a dress parade and three games.
In the dress parade, judged by MFA president Dalton Wint and secretary Clarence Jackson, cash awards were made to the top three teams. Technical Strikers captured the top spot and gained $5,000; followed by 360deg Academy, which got $3,000; and Clandon Strikers, which pocketed $2,000.
In the first match last Sunday, Northern Caribbean University's President's XI defeated 360deg Academy 2-0, with captain Noel Jumpp (42nd) and Shea Chambers (43rd) scoring.
Technical Strikers, fielding mainly players from the Holmwood Technical School, won 2-1 over Plowden. The final game saw Old England schooling Stars Academy 2-0.
In two midweek games, Mandeville United ran past DC Strikers 2-1, while Star Zone had a 2-0 win over Hope Village.
Braeton United lift York Pharmacy KO title
A double strike from Rohan Needham (21st, 70th) and a stoppage time goal (93+) from Chavoy Graham, an Excelsior High standout, gave Braeton United a 3-1 victory over Racing United in the final of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two knockout competition at the Cedar Grove playing field last Sunday. Adrian Crooks (40th) scored for Racing
At the end of the match, Leander Marshall, president of the Portmore Football League (PFL), handed over the championship trophy to the jubilant Braeton team.
Hellshire Division 7-A-Side community League
Hellshire Park registered a 1-0 win over Zion United and were one of three winners in the inaugural Hellshire Division 7-A-Side Community Football League over the weekend.
In other games, Hellshire Heights edged Hellshire Beach 1-0; Two West Strikers had a similar 1-0 win over Two East Strikers; while Two East Warriors and Uppa City drew 0-0.
The competition is sponsored by Prevancer Protection & Security Services with over $600,000.
The company's CEO, Vanrick Preddie, made mention of his company's goal of unifying the people of Hellshire.
"The Hellshire Division is very big. My company used this medium to make the people that live in Greater Portmore know the residents that live in Portmore," said Preddie.
Spyt Fire, Classic
in mid-season final
Spyt Fire will take on Caribbean Classic in the City of Kingston (COK) Cooperative Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Major League Domino competition's mid-season final, beginning at 11 a.m.
The mid-season final will be no different for the second place (33 point) Spyt Fire as they battle Domino kingpins Caribbean Classic (36 points), who are unbeaten this season, at 11 a.m. on March 1 at the Garveymeade Sports Club.
The Spyt Fire team is captained by the decorated Javlin James, who has given instructions in multiple championships for Caribbean Classic. Classic's new captain, Rupert Pryce, and co-captain, Junior Kerr, are expected to put pressure on their counterparts come match day. Some former Classic players are now members of the Spyt Fire camp, adding to the pending rivalry.
starts on Monday
The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) baseball clinic starts on Monday, March 2, at the GC Foster College. The clinic is part of its drive to implement baseball in the government primary schools' physical education (PE) curriculum.
The initiative, done in collaboration with Baseball Canada, to certify the PE teachers includes certification, which is recognised by the International Baseball Federation, the sports' world governing body. This Primary Schools Baseball Certification Course will end on Friday, March 6.