Top Road top INSPORTS Lit­tle Lon­don Com­mu­nity Foot­ball League

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

WEST­MORE­LAND: OP ROAD FC emerged cham­pi­ons of the In­sti­tute of Sports (INSPORTS) Lit­tle Lon­don Com­mu­nity Foot­ball League when they blanked Braughton FC 2-0 in the fi­nal.

Re­nardo Atkin­son opened the scor­ing in the 13th minute, while Da­vian Smith sealed the is­sue with a last-minute goal in the fi­nal, which was played last Sun­day at the Lit­tle Lon­don play­ing field.

At the out­set, both teams seemed equally matched and made a num­ber of at­tempts at each other’s goal.

The sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence, how­ever, was Atkin­son’s goal, which gave Top Road the lead.

The sec­ond half pro­ceeded with near goals, which elicited cheers and sighs of dis­ap­point­ment from com­mu­nity mem­bers watch­ing the ac­tion.

With time run­ning out, Top Road took on a more con­ser­va­tive ap­proach, while Braughton threw ev­ery­thing at their op­po­nents.

Some­thing had to give, and Top Road cap­i­talised to claim top hon­ours.

The play­ing field was one of the re­cent sites in the parish to ben­e­fit from re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ex­er­cises un­der­taken is­land­wide by INSPORTS, this as part of an on­go­ing ef­fort to ex­pand its com­mu­nity foot­ball de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme to the ben­e­fit of 150 youth in West­more­land.

TTHE CON­TIN­UED EX­PAN­SION

“It is re­ally re­ward­ing to see our ef­forts come to fruition. We tar­geted the Lit­tle Lon­don play­ing field for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for use in our foot­ball coach­ing clin­ics and to host var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions as part of our agency’s foot­ball de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme,” noted Ian An­drews, ad­min­is­tra­tive direc­tor, INSPORTS.

“We were able to rid the field of wa­ter and un­even­ness and make it fit for train­ing and com­pet­ing,” he con­tin­ued. In­sti­tute of Sports (INSPORTS) ad­min­is­tra­tive direc­tor, Ian An­drews (left), presents the tro­phy to a mem­ber of the Top Road team for win­ning the In­sti­tute of Sports (INSPORTS) Lit­tle Lon­don com­mu­nity foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion at the Lit­tle Lon­don play­ing field last Sun­day.

“Our foot­ball de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme is reap­ing suc­cess, and this is due to the holis­tic ap­proach we have taken.

“The play­ers have cer­tainly ben­e­fited from the coach­ing sem­i­nars due to the level of par­tic­i­pa­tion and skill we saw

in to­day’s fi­nals, and we look for­ward to the con­tin­ued ex­pan­sion of the pro­gramme across the is­land,” he said.

For their ef­forts, Top Road were awarded $70,000, while Braughton re­ceived the sec­ond -place prize of $30,000, and

third-place Delve­land got $15,000.

“To­day was a great show of the progress of the play­ers. We are see­ing where the coach­ing clin­ics have re­ally made a dif­fer­ence in how the play­ers ap­proach the game,” said Ru­dolph Barnes,

INSPORTS’ as­sis­tant na­tional sports co­or­di­na­tor.

“Good team work was ev­i­dent, and there were marked im­prove­ments in the fun­da­men­tals of the game such as mark­ing, pass­ing and tack­ling.”

The state agency has un­der­taken

sim­i­lar play­ing-field re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and coach­ing­clinic ini­tia­tives is­land­wide, with de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes un­der way in West­more­land, St James, Man­dev­ille, St Ann, St Catherine, Kingston, St An­drew, and Port­land.

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