In Your Neighbourhood
Sporting Central maintain form
Sporting Central Academy continued their consistent form in the Magnum/JB Rum/SCC Super League competition, adding the scalp of Holland PYC for a second time this season, after defeating them 2-0. Scorers were Odaine Brown (22nd) and Trevol Smith (87th).
Relegation-threatened Downs of Manchester were demolished 7-1 at home by semi-final-bound St Bess FC of St Elizabeth. From 3-0 at half-time, St Bess, aided by Shaqon Brown's hat-trick, completed a miserable afternoon for the hosts. Their lone consolation effort came from ace striker Gary McDonald.
St Catherine's Dunbeholden revived their slim chance of a semi-final berth, defeating Blackstars of St Elizabeth 2-0.
Rivoli condemned Clarendon's New Bowens to their second straight big loss,
5-1. Quite interestingly, it was New Bowens who scored first through Demar Stone's 28th-minute strike. However, once the visitors got going through the first of Jeremy Nelson's two goals in the 32nd minute, it was a one-sided affair.
The final result of the last round saw Manchester's Hillstars defeating relegation-bound Kemps Hill 3-1 on the back of Jarvis Mattis' second-half brace.
Semi-final stage in Manchester - Major League
The last three semi-final spots in the Manchester FA's Magnum/Captain's Bakery Major League were secured in the last of the preliminary-round matches last weekend.
There were no surprises as Comfort, Porus and Villa joined Alligator Pond, who had qualified with two rounds remaining. In fact, Alligator Pond were beaten 2-0 in the final match by Star Zone, who finished last of the seven teams.
Villa United secured their spot, easily disposing of Mile Gully 3-1.
Comfort advanced despite losing to Porus 2-1. Both teams are in the semi-finals. Porus enjoyed a 2-0 half-time lead, courtesy of a double strike from Javel Cole, before Gary Graham pulled one back in the 57th minute.
Los Perfectos lead in Manchester Division One
Los Perfectos took over the lead from Old England this week in the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One competition.
On Wednesday, Los Perfectos defeated Central FC 3-1, to move to 10 points. Goalscorers were Duane James, Peter Hutchinson and Shevar Johnson. Los "P' enjoyed a 2-0 half-time lead.
Previous leaders, Old England, are on nine points, the same as Silent Hill and Clandon Strikers. Two teams - Trinity and Hope Village - are yet to gain a point after four completed games.
Moores, York Town lead in Clarendon Major League
Moores and York Town have the respective leads in the two preliminary zones of The Captain's Bakery & Grill-sponsored Clarendon Major League.
Moores lead Zone one with 12 points, amassed from six games, including three wins and three draws. York Town have 13 from six games also. However, Moores have the distinction of being the only unbeaten team at this stage.
Moores are followed by Woodhall on 11 points and Bucknor United on eight. York Town, who are having their best show in years, are being trailed by Savannah Cross on 11 and May Pen on nine points.
Manchester's Los P disappoint in Masters Football tourney
Manchester's Los Perfectos failed to spark but Park Rovers, the Kingston and St Andrew Master's League Knockout champions, won the first staging of the one-day Champion of Champions Masters Football Tournament held at the Drax Hall Sports Complex last weekend.
Park Rovers who fielded former Portmore United National Premier League star Roen Nelson, won the title after pipping Constant Spring 1-0. The crucial goal came from Orville 'Villa' Mullings.
The tournament saw the teams playing each other once in the preliminary stage and the top two going on to contest the final.
Park Rovers topped the standings at the end of the preliminary stage with seven points, followed by Constant Spring with five points, with Violet Tourers (two) and Los Perfectos (one) completing the standings.
Park Rovers' Nelson was the leading goalscorer with six and duly won the Most Valuable Player award.
Pat Anderson Manchester U-17 under way
The youth leg of the Manchester Football Association 2017 season got under way with the Moorlands Development Pat Anderson Under-17 competition last weekend at the Kirkvine Sports Complex.
The day began with a dress parade of 20 teams, with Alligator Pond, Silent Hill and Porus landing incentives for their outfits. Four games were played. Porus spanked Starz Academy 5-0, Comfort outscored Star Zone Academy 3-2, Hillstars blanked Silent Hill 4-0, and Downs eased past May Day 2-0.
Subsequently, Ricam Academy have defeated Villa United 1-0, Mandeville United have drawn 1-1 with Technical Strikers 1-1, Alligator Pond ended 1-1 with Belair Academy, and Mile Gully whippedg 360 Degree 4-0.