In Your Neighbourhood
The Gleaner clip Petrojam 2-1 in BH football match
The Gleaner are on the verge of qualifying for the Division One semi-finals of the KSAFA/Western Sports football league, after a 2-1 victory over defending champions Petrojam at Alpha Boys' Home playing field on Wednesday.
As they did in their two previous matches, the Ian Barnett-coached Gleaner came from a goal down to overtake the previously unbeaten league leaders in the second half, thanks to a brace from former national under-17 player Nicholas 'Cummy' Hamilton.
Hamilton scored two spectacular goals against the Lenny Hyde-coached Petrojam, the second from 40 metres out, which exploded in the back of the net.
Earlier, Fabian Reid had given Petrojam the lead in the 10th minute, which they held to half-time.
As a result of this victory, their third consecutive against elite teams, The Gleaner ended their preliminary-round fixture with 20 points, in joint second with Carib Cement, who have Scotiabank to play in their final-round fixture today at the National Water Commission playing field.
A defeat for Scotia - who still have Petrojam to play - would signal the end of their semi-final chances.
Scotiabank, meanwhile, defeated Sagicor 3-1 at Winchester Park on Wednesday, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from former national player Kevin Lamey.
In previous matches, The Gleaner came from behind to beat Scotiabank 2-1, with goals from Kieron Brock and former Jamaica under-20 player Ryan Miller. And a week later, they stopped high-riding Metrodade 3-1, thanks to goals from Miller, Brock and Oshane Jenkins, another former national under-20 player.
Meanwhile, Carib Cement and ATL will contest the KO final next Wednesday at Winchester Park.
Clarendon netball finals tomorrow
Both finals of the Juici Patties-sponsored Clarendon Netball Association Senior and Junior Leagues will take centre stage tomorrow at the home facility of the sponsors at Clarendon Park.
Weekly matches, as well as the semi-finals, were previously held at the Mineral Heights Sports Complex.
The Junior League will be contested by two visiting teams and features a Manchester derby between Ridgemount and the tournament giant-killers, Holmwood Technical High School's B team. This is the first time that a final will not include a Clarendon-based team. Starting time is 4 p.m.
The Senior League final will for the umpteenth time feature defending champions Jamalco and first-time finalist Team R of Manchester. This matchup will be at 5 p.m. Unlike previous years, there will be no presentations on spot. Speeches, as well as the presentation of trophies and prize monies, will be held at a later date.
Much interest will surround the Junior finals and especially the form of the Holmwood Technical B team. No one anticipated their progress thus far, based on results in the preliminary round. They were the last of the qualifiers to the knockout round, but have played outstandingly. In the quarter-finals, they brilliantly overcame an 11-18 half-time deficit to defeat what was then the most dominant team, Hayes Super Stars, 29-27.
Last weekend, they left the far more experienced Girls Strikers team perplexed and quarrelsome, after leading them by 11-points at the half-time break, to eventually win 28-19.
Ridgemount, on the other hand, had it pretty easy, waltzing past May Day 17-6.
Jamalco predictably continued their dominance over Cable Pro, whipping them 41-34, while there was a mild upset as Team R outlasted last year's beaten finalists, Hayes Supreme, 35-32.
New Bowens, Savannah in JFL final today
New Bowens and Savannah will contest the 2016 final of the Jamalco Football League (JFL) today at Jamalco Sports Club, following convincing semi-final wins. Kick-off time is 3:30 p.m., with provision in place for extra time and penalties if the scores are tied at the end of regulation time.
In the first semi-final last weekend, Savannah booked their place in the final by defeating Sunset 3-0. Scorers were Akeem Henry (45th) and Rohan Richards (78th & 90th). The other semi-final was on Tuesday, with New Bowens easily taking care of Port 4-1.
Interestingly, it was Port who ensured that new champions would be crowned this season, after defeating 2015 winners Top Hill 3-1 in the quarter-finals.
A total of 124 goals have been scored at an average of close to four goals per match. Levaughn Williams (Savannah) leads the goalscoring table with eight, followed by teammate Andre Dawson with five.
Porus/Western Union U-15 round-up
Visiting team from Clarendon, Galaxy, were among the other three who have joined defending champions Connections in the semi-finals of the Western Union-sponsored Porus under-15 football tournament being held at Porus Community Centre.
The semi-final pairings read Connections vs Villa and Galaxy vs Tuff Gong.
In their final preliminary game, Galaxy scored 16 goals in ravaging Trinity 10-0 and then outgunning Rising Star 6-1 to top Group Three ahead of Villa United. Shamar Bartley, who is among the leading goalscorers in the competition, netted four times in the Trinity avalanche.
Connections is the only team with a perfect win record. The competition is expected to conclude this weekend.
Jamalco fine-tune ahead of difficult RSPL season
A tough season looms for new entrants to the upcoming Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), Jamalco, if the results of recent practice games against experienced opposition are to be analysed.
Last Sunday in Clarendon against Waterhouse, a team which struggled to find its feet in last year's competition, Jamalco were shut out 3-0. Later on Wednesday in Kingston, they improved but were beaten by Harbour View 3-1.
Two Sundays ago, in the Allien Whittaker Cup match against friendlier competition in parish mates Humble Lion, they were competitive but still went down 5-4, albeit on penalties.
They will open their campaign in an away schedule against last year's beaten finalists Portmore United, but team manager Ewan Scott says there will be much improvements.
The team has been bolstered but he was not prepared to release names since the coach he disclosed had not completed the final cut. He insists, however, "the practice games were very useful and form part of completing the final player list."
Jamalco face a tough precedent, where at least one new team is among the duo relegated at the end of each season.
MFA to regulate amateur leagues
The Manchester Football Association (MFA) is to set out official guidelines for amateur or community-based leagues that are played year-round in the parish.
This was one of several key points from the main address presented by its president, Dalton Wint, at the association's annual awards ceremony held at Golf View hotel in Mandeville on Thursday.
According to Wint, the FA was concerned that the mushrooming of leagues would, among other things, hurt Jamalco's present sponsorship of the Division One competition, which normally caters to the transition of new community teams to the Major League.
He made the charge that at present, community leagues floundered established disciplinary and registration rules, destroyed the limited playing facilities and ran across the scheduling of MFA competitions. The Jamalco sponsorship, which is in excess of a million dollars, was particularly paramount.
"We value the Jamalco sponsorship of our Division One, which is really our community league, and hence we cannot give them reason to believe we don't need it simply because we have so many persons running community leagues," said Wint.
The MFA, he revealed, now has a "mandate of restricting the number of clubs in our competitions because of quality control, club structure and financing, the absence of proper playing fields and the need to maximise sponsorship".
He called for more dialogue.
"We are saying talk to us if you have plans, but it cannot be a situation where we sit by and just open the door to anyone who has some money or any other motive to engage our youngsters," said Wint.
Old Harbour Glades Corner League quarter-finals tomorrow
The quarter-finals of the Old Harbour Glades Corner League football competition will be played tomorrow at Old Harbour Glades' playing field.
The opening game, set to kick off at 5:30 p.m., pits Fearless against Hammer & Nail. One hour later, Young Stars tackle Highway, before Mews and Young Kickers lock horns at 7:30 p.m. High-riding Trendsetter face Hill Top in the 8:30 p.m. feature.
In games last week, Fearless made a confident step towards securing the main title of the popular night football tournament, blanking South East 2-0 and Young Strikers showed plenty of courage to overcome Federal 5-4 on penalties, after playing to a 1-1 draw. The journey of Visionary was ended by Young Stars, who won 2-1; while Highway sailed into the last eight after beating Davis 1-0.
In Saturday's games, Hill Top overcame Juventus 2-0, Mews blanked JB's Place 2-0, Hammer & Nail eked out a 1-0 win over Aviary, while Trendsetter advanced 4-3 winners on penalties over defending champions Royal Kickers, after a 1-1 scoreline at the end of regulation and extra time.