Memorable first goal for C’down’s Welsh
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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.
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.