In Your Neighbourhood
Old England win Manchester
Old England produced three goals in extra-time to unsettle Land Settlement 4-1 and win the 2015 Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Football Association Sports Division One football competition at Kirkvine Sports Club last weekend.
The finals had begun with Old England as favourites, given their eight-match unbeaten run and the fact that they had walloped Plouden 6-1 in the semi-finals the previous weekend.
However, it was Land Settlement who did the early running and duly took a 1-0 half-time lead when Jeremy Wright scored from the penalty spot in the 37th minute.
An upset looked on the cards until Kemar Anderson gave Old England a lifeline by booting home the equaliser in the 84th minute.
With extra-time gained by the 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time, there was a bizarre turn of fortune. Land Settlement sunk as Old England soared, with Donald Foster scoring for 2-1 and then Anderson getting his second goal of the match to make it 3-1 going into the second half of extra-time.
There would be no more swings as Oraine Richards scored to give Old England an overwhelming victory.
By making the final, both teams qualified to compete in the Major League next season.
Portmore, Jamalco lead South Central play-offs
St Catherine's Portmore and Clarendon's Jamalco will head into tomorrow's second round of the South Central Confederation play-offs as leaders.
The play-offs began at mid-week, with Portmore travelling to St Elizabeth champions Appleton and winning 2-1. Ewan Grandison scored first in the 47th minute then teammate Cleon Pryce made it 2-0 after 58 minutes. Edroy Barrett netted Appleton's lone goal, in the 68th minute.
At home, Jamalco toppled Hillstars of Manchester 2-0 with goals from Erron Brown (37th min) and Roshane Sharpe (50th).
Tomorrow, Portmore will again travel, this time to face Hillstars at Kirkvine. Appleton will again host, as they welcome Jamalco. Both games are scheduled for a 4 p.m. kick-off.
The winner on points after the completion of return legs will win the lone play-off spots for the Red Stripe Premier League.
Moreland Pat Anderson Under-17 roundup
Quarter-finalists in the 2015 Moreland-sponsored Pat Anderson Under-17 league in Manchester were determined following the final set of matches earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Hillstars hammered Alligator Pond 7-2 to win their fifth straight match and top Zone Two. They have the best record of the eight qualifiers. Christiana Academy were second in this zone despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Cross Keys.
Zone Two also produced a third qualifier in Georges Valley, who claimed one of two spots for best third-placed teams after stomping Studds 3-0.
Downs and Ricam qualified from Zone One after both teams ended on 12 points. Despite outscoring Blue Mountain 3-2, Ricam were edged as zone winners on goal difference. This zone also secured a third qualifier, when Land Settlement cut down Technical Strikers 4-2 to claim the second spot reserved for best third-placed teams. Porus and Villa are the qualifiers from Zone Three.
The quarter-finals of the Clarendon Netball Association Jamalco Open will take place tomorrow at Mineral Heights.
All four matches will be a straight knockout.
From last weekend's last set of preliminary matches, Jamalco topped Denbigh Alumni 20-14 to end as zone winners over Team R, even though both finished with four wins and a draw.
Despite the loss, Denbigh Alumini still qualified for the quarter-finals as one of two best third finishers who were promoted. The other is Optimist, who qualified from Zone Two that was dominated by Cable Pro.
Denbigh A, which finished second, claimed their fourth win after outscoring their high school counterparts, Knox, 18-15.
Holmwood A also made the cut to the quarter-finals as the second place team in Zone Three, with a good 28-18 win over Ridgemount.
Hayes Contenders topped Zone Three unbeaten with five wins.
In the quarter-final clashes set to begin at 3 p.m., Team R faces Holmwood A in an all Manchester parish clash; Cable Pro take on Denbigh Alumini; Hayes Contenders battles Denbigh A; and in the final game set to begin at 5:15, defending champions Jamalco take aim at Optimist.
Kingston Wharves beat Gleaner in
Defending division one champions, Kingston Wharves, defeated former champions The Gleaner 135-119 at The Gleaner's sports club, North Street, in the second round of the Business House domino competition on Friday, April 24.
Both teams had a close battle for the ascendancy during the first half, which saw Kingston Wharves leading by five points going into the internal. In the second half, they asserted their authority over The Gleaner to win by 16 points.
This was The Gleaner's second consecutive defeat, both at home, since the start of the competition. On the previous Friday, The Gleaner were beaten by Wray & Nephew Limited, going under 140-137. The Gleaner led 72-68 at half-time, but failed to withstand strong pressure from Wray & Nephew in the second half and were beaten by three points.
Business House football to start May 17
The 2015 Western Sports/KSAFA Business House Football Competition is scheduled to start on Sunday, May 17, with Metrodade the defending division one champions. As is customary, the competition will be played by division one teams including Metrodade, promoted division two champions Spanish Grain Store, along with former champions Petrojam, Scotiabank, Carib Cement and The Gleaner, and teams in division two.
The Pronto-sponsored five-a-side one-day competition will be played today at the National Water Commission playing field.
toast of Portmore Division Two
United's Marlon 'Mario' Tomlinson was in a super mood recently, as he walked away with three trophies for his exploits during the York Phamacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League.
Tomlinson, alongside his coach, teammates and other clubs, were given tokens and cash incentives during an awards presentation at the scenic Jewels Resorts, Port Henderson Road in St Catherine.
Tomlinson's awards included leading goalscorer (six league goals), best midfielder and most valuable player.
Hellshire United copped two trophies, the York Pharmacy-sponsored League title and the Genus Pharmacy-sponsored mid-season trophy. Braeton United were recipients of the York Pharmacy-sponsored knockout title.
For the League, newcomers Cedar Grove placed second, having been beaten 1-0 in the final, while Braeton United and Greater Portmore placed third and fourth, respectively. Hellshire had more to cheer about as their goalie, Sadio Coombs and their coach, Michael Gray, won top accolades.
Meanwhile, Dr. Welsford Sinclair, of sponsors York Pharmacy, located in Half Way Tree, St Andrew, handed over the main trophy to Hellshire United and gave the assurance that his company would return as the main financiers of the League.
Teams battle for
second round berth
Teams in line for spots in the second round of the City of Kingston (COK) Cooperative Credit Union Portmore Domino Major League will go head-to-head tomorrow. An interesting battle looms over seventh place Eradication (42 points) and eighth place Masterpiece (40 points), at Gregory Park.
In other games, leaders Spit Fyah (62 points) are at home in Bayside against Naggo Head, second place Caribbean Classic (60) should easily tick off another win as they welcome Correctional Services to their Portmore Avenue venue, fourth-placed Fort International travel to Waterford to play Memory Lane, Cookie's International - currently in 11th position - knock cards with fifth place Right Stuff, Ken's Wildflower entertain Garveymeade atop the roof of Ken's Wildflower Restaurant and Bar, and Felluchi Strikers are at home against ninth place Exceptional International (40). The top eight teams advance to the post season.
Williamson upbeat about Church
football, netball competitions
Mark Williamson, coordinator for the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) church football and netball competitions, is upbeat about this month's start of both leagues, as up to press time nine churches had confirmed their participation for the football league and another seven for netball.
The PFM football and netball leagues are poised to be bigger and better this year. All churches that are interested in being a part it's not too late so come on May 16 at the PFM Multi-purpose Complex to be registered.