Mem­o­rable first goal for C’down’s Welsh

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

In the am­a­teur com­pe­ti­tion, Jer­maine Case beat Orville Matther­son 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.

The open com­pe­ti­tion con­tin­ued last evening with John­son tak­ing on Gre­gory Spencer, Miller match­ing skills against Ste­fan Wil­son and Migoko up against Phillpots. In am­a­teur ac­tion, Leighton Bur­ton played Pawan Bhushan, Stephen Todd went head to head with Mar­lon Hosang and Scott Jones bat­tled Sproul.

The 2016 Liguanea Club Tennis Tour­na­ment will run straight through un­til Fri­day.

In ad­di­tion to To­tal and UHY Daw­gen, tour­na­ment spon­sors in­clude Avis, Life­span, KLAS ESPN Sports FM, Epic Tech­nolo­gies and Cari-Med.

IKingston Tech­ni­cals High School’s Jer­von Mathie (left) is chal­lenged by Cam­per­down High School’s Tyreke Har­ris dur­ing their ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup foot­ball match at Clan Carthy on Mon­day. Cam­per­down won 1-0.

RIGHT FULL back She­lando Welsh, pow­ered home his first goal, a ‘mem­o­rable’ 60th minute strike high into Kingston Tech­ni­cal High School’s net, to lift Cam­per­down back to win­ning ways in the ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Welsh found him­self in a tight de­fen­sive space, turned and struck a pow­er­ful shot, which ended up high into the net.

“Well I am over­joyed right now to score. It’s a goal I am go­ing to re­mem­ber be­cause it’s a plea­sure to score in a very cru­cial game,” he told The Gleaner.

The de­fender said “any­thing can hap­pen” in sub­se­quent matches, but “I am hop­ing to score a min­i­mum of five goals and work on my fin­ish­ing in the com­ing games”.

‘WLID WEST’ BAT­TLE

The game, which was con­tested at the dusty and grass­less Clan Carthy play­ing field, rep­re­sented a bat­tle in the ‘wild west’, for points.

The com­pet­i­tive group fix­ture left Cam­per­down win­ning three out of their last four and have moved to nine points.

Im­por­tantly, it was redemption also for the Christo­pher Ben­der-coached team, who re­turned to win­ning ways fol­low­ing a 0-3 drub­bing by Wolmer’s Boys’ last Fri­day. Genosyde United’s Oshane Ben­jamin takes con­trol of the ball, while his team­mates Reekam For­rest (right) and Gawayne McDon­ald (left), along with Brunswick United’s Ya­nis Henry (No. 4) look on, dur­ing the INSPORTS/Babsy Grange Com­mu­nity Foot­ball Com­pe­ti­tion in Gor­don Pen, cen­tral St Cather­ine. Genosyde won 5-4. ST CATHER­INE: FOL­LOW­ING HIGHLY ex­cit­ing and com­pet­i­tive semi-fi­nal matchups, Genosyde and McKoy Lands se­cured their places in the fi­nal of the In­sti­tute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Babsy Grange Com­mu­nity Foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion in Gor­don Pen, St Cather­ine.

In a very tight affair that fin­ished 1-1 af­ter full and ex­tra­time, Genosyde went on to beat Brunswick 5-4 on penal­ties, while McKoy Lands also en­dured a nerve-wrack­ing penalty shoot-out to pre­vail over Rebel United, fol­low­ing a 2-2 reg­u­la­tion and ex­tra-time score­line.

Ke­nano Allen had fired Brunswick into a 16th-minute lead, but with the cel­e­bra­tions hardly over, Nick Wil­liams (19th) notched the equaliser.

The sec­ond half saw the teams bat­tle with­out scor­ing goals, thus ad­vanc­ing to the shoot-out, which Genosyde won.

In the McKoy Lands-Rebel United semi-fi­nal match, Roshane Myrie scored the open­ing goal for McKoy Lands, af­ter only two min­utes.

Rebel United an­swered with a goal from Roger Fran­cis in the eighth minute, but McKoy Lands re­gained the lead as An­dre McLeod scored the team’s sec­ond goal. De­ter­mined to stay in con­tention, Rebel United made one last push and found an­other goal through Roger Fran­cis to tie the scores 2-2.

PENALTY ROUND

Cam­per­down dom­i­nated the lion’s share of the pos­ses­sion and scor­ing chances.

Due to the bare sur­face, how­ever, ball con­trol was hard in and around the goals and both team were lack­ing in de­ci­sion­mak­ing.

“Happy for the three points; it is good to see the re­ac­tion of the team af­ter the loss to Wolmer’s on Fri­day. This game in par­tic­u­lar, we know that the field wasn’t a good one, we knew that we had to come out here and dig out a win,” said Ben­der.

Mean­while, KTHS have four points from three matches af­ter one win, draw and loss apiece.

Their coach, Le­bert Hal­li­man, rued his team “not putting away the chances”.

Genosyde, McKoy Lands to con­test INSPORTS/Babsy Grange fi­nal

An­other penalty round was in order and McKoy Lands sealed a 3-2 vic­tory, along with their place in the up­com­ing fi­nal.

The com­pe­ti­tion is sim­i­lar to oth­ers held in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties, both in ru­ral and ur­ban Ja­maica, and fits within the man­date of INSPORTS to un­earthing tal­ent in sports across the coun­try.

The main ob­jec­tive of th­ese com­pe­ti­tions is to pro­vide a struc­tured medium through which tal­ents can be dis­played and iden­ti­fied for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment through the state agency’s coach­ing pro­grammes.

“INSPORTS is here to pro­vide those op­por­tu­ni­ties and to give ath­letes the chance to excel within their sport­ing dis­ci­plines. The fact that there is un­tapped po­ten­tial be­comes clearer when we host th­ese kinds of com­pe­ti­tions and in­vite play­ers to dis­play their tal­ents on the field. What we are do­ing through our foot­ball com­mu­nity pro­gramme is prim­ing play­ers for pro­fes­sional ad­vance­ment,” noted Ian An­drews, ad­min­is­tra­tive di­rec­tor of INSPORTS.

Ru­dolph Barnes, as­sis­tant na­tional sports co­or­di­na­tor, also com­mented on the semi-fi­nal matches.

“What we saw here to­day makes me very op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture of foot­ball in Ja­maica,” he said. “This just speaks to the fact that with con­tin­ued ef­forts be­hind the INSPORTS com­mu­nity foot­ball pro­gramme and coach­ing clin­ics, Ja­maica will be able to pro­duce world-class foot­ball play­ers.”

INSPORTS will be ex­tend­ing its coach­ing clinic pro­gramme to St Cather­ine next month.

JER­MAINE BARN­ABY/FREE­LANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

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