Peter Bunt­ing foot­ball round-up

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

The 2016-17 sea­son of the Manch­ester Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (MFA) kicked off on Thurs­day with the start of the Bru­malia House knock­out com­pe­ti­tion.

Spon­sor­ship of the com­pe­ti­tion is sig­nif­i­cant as Bru­malia House are the long­est-serv­ing spon­sor at this time for the MFA, as it nears two decades of con­tin­u­ous spon­sor­ship.

The first match fit­tingly fea­tured de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Ri­cam Academy at their Green­vale home against new en­trants, Tech­ni­cal Strik­ers.

The game was won by Ri­cam Academy 3-0, with Michael Hamil­ton grab­bing the spot­light by scor­ing two goals, in­clud­ing the first goal of the sea­son in the sixth minute from a su­perbly taken free kick. Ke­mar Rick­etts then scored Ri­cam’s sec­ond goal in the 34th minute as they en­joyed a 2-0 half-time ad­van­tage.

Hamil­ton would re­turn to make the game safe with his sec­ond strike in the 58th minute, as Ri­cam ad­vanced to the sec­ond round.

The sec­ond edi­tion of the Knox 40th an­niver­sary 7K Run/Walk will take place to­day at its Cob­bla cam­pus in Manch­ester.

The in­au­gu­ral race took place last year, when it ini­ti­ated the in­sti­tu­tion’s 40th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. This year’s event will take both run­ners and walk­ers through the com­mu­nity of Cob­bla and a small sec­tion of Spald­ings. The pre­sen­ta­tions will take place on the Knox cam­pus.

The event is or­gan­ised in three age cat­e­gories: Nine­teen and un­der, 20-39 and over 40. There are dif­fer­ent ad­mis­sion charges for stu­dents with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, in­di­vid­u­als and groups and reg­is­tra­tion can be com­pleted be­fore the start of the race.

The sixth sea­son of the Howie Chin/Manch­ester Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (MFA) Prepara­tory Schools com­pe­ti­tion is un­der­way. The com­pe­ti­tion, which is a me­mo­rial for the for­mer MFA ex­ec­u­tive and noted Man­dev­ille busi­ness­man Howie Chin, has both a boys’ league and girls’ league. Ten schools are con­test­ing the boys’ com­pe­ti­tion and five are in the girls’ league.

Six matches were played in the open­ing round, which was hosted at the Be­lair High School ground. Two matches were played in the girls’ di­vi­sion.

The open­ing game saw Mount St Joseph de­feat Em­manuel Prep 3-0, with Da­nia Lee Wint scor­ing twice, while in the sec­ond game, Destiny Black’s lone

strike gave Knox Prep a 1-0 win over Be­lair.

The open­ing boys’ game pro­duced the first hat-trick, as mul­ti­ple scorer Da­mani Mat­tis led Knox to a 4-0 win over Hill­crest. In the other boys’ game, Brian Barnes scored twice to lead Mount St Joseph to a 4-0 win over West Indies Col­lege Prep.

Ge­orges Val­ley (15 points), Blue Moun­tain (13) and Old Eng­land (12) head­line the pack of teams try­ing to make it as di­vi­sional fi­nal­ists in the Peter Bunt­ing Com­mu­nity Foot­ball League. Porus (11) and In­ver­ness (nine) are also in contention.

In last week’s matches, Ge­orges Val­ley stayed un­beaten and grabbed the spot­light, whip­ping Man­dev­ille Po­lice 5-0. The top-of-the-ta­ble clash in the Belle­field Di­vi­sion, fea­tur­ing Blue Moun­tain and Porus, ended 1-1.

Other no­table win­ners were Ken­dal, who outscored Com­fort 4-2 in the Royal Flat Di­vi­sion, and Cof­fee Grove, who edged Bom­bay 2-1 in the Belle­field Di­vi­sion.

Club mas­ter Orville Hen­riques, fresh from his fair per­for­mance in the United States Na­tion­als the pre­vi­ous week, again proved too much for his Man­dev­ille-based club ri­vals to fin­ish on top at last week­end’s monthly match at the Manch­ester Rifle and Pis­tol Club, the 10th ma­jor con­test of the year.

How­ever, it was the per­cent­age tie be­tween four shoot­ers in the top five which pro­duced the drama in a shoot that took place in rainy con­di­tions.

First, Ellsworth Dixon and Thomas Jones pro­duced iden­ti­cal per­cent­ages of 83 for sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively, among the club’s shoot­ers. Dixon was given the edge when they were bro­ken to mi­cro dig­its.

Owen Camp­bell and Evan Grant then had to be sep­a­rated for fourth and fifth, re­spec­tively, af­ter both pro­duced 71 per cent. Camp­bell se­cured the edge when the scores were sep­a­rated by dec­i­mal points.

Only two ma­jor matches are left to com­plete what has been an ex­tra­or­di­nary year at the Lin­coln-based range.

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