Big clash in the Jungle

first_img His team, he believes, though, have the ammunition and are in the form to come out on top. “Defensively, we are getting stronger and have improved on last year. We have been giving less goals, and when you make a comparison to last year you will see. At the end of the first round last season, we gave up 17 goals. Now, we have conceded just 15 with eight games gone in the second round,” Waite explained, adding that captain and defensive enforcer O’Neil Thompson and Keneil Hyde will return to strengthen the backline. On the offensive end, Waite believes they are just as good. “We are scoring a number of goals and Kemal Malcolm, with 10, is our leading scorer and we still have a lot of games to play. Last year, our leading scorer was Leon Strickland with 11. Strickland has provided goals too and we have players contributing from all around, with Vishinul Harris scoring quite a few from midfield,” Waite gushed. Montego Bay United could be without the League’s top scorer Dino Williams, who is due to depart the island shortly to take up another professional contract. That, though, is not a worry for club president Orville Powell. “Tomorrow’s game should be a competitive one, but we have no fear as we have been playing good football, and outside of Dino, who may not be available, all of our other players are fit and ready,” Powell told The Sunday Gleaner. “Owayne Gordon has scored a few goals for us as well and he is ready. Ottey is fit again after dealing with some injury issues, so we are covered on the attacking end. There are also others like the experienced Dwayne Ambusley, young Woozencroft and, of course, goalkeeper Jacomena Barrett is in good form, so I am confident that the team will put in a good show,” Powell added. – 8:40 p.m: Harbour View vs Portmore United – Harbour View Stadium. – 6 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United – Anthony Spaulding Complex – 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Waterhouse – Barbican Stadium – 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Cavalier – Effortville Community Centre – 3 p.m: Reno vs UWI FC – Frome Complex – 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Rivoli United – Edward Seaga Complex INFORM Today’s Games Humble Lion were let off the hook by UWI FC last week as they held on for a draw. Today, they will have to put in an improved performance when they host Cavalier, who sent a message last week with a 3-0 win over Boys’ Town with all three goals coming from their new acquisitions. The most mouth-watering of all the matches, however, appears to be the matchup between defending champions Arnett Gardens and the team they dethroned and defeated in last year’s final, Montego Bay United. Montego Bay United currently top the league on goal difference over Portmore United with their 37 points. That is just two points more than third-placed Arnett Gardens, who can overtake them with a victory. “These clashes are always some of the big clashes of the season. They are a rounded team, scoring a lot of goals and also defend well, so they will not be easy. Our game in round one ended 2-2, so we are not far apart,” Jerome Waite, coach of Arnett Gardens said as he looked ahead to today’s game. Tomorrow’s game There will be no straightforward or easy matches in this week’s Red Stripe Premier league fixture as all five games on today and the one on Monday night appear evenly matched. Relegation-threatened Water-house gave an improved showing against Arnett Gardens and would have benefited from the inclusion of Hughan Gray and the reported signing of veteran goalscorer Devon Hodges. These moves could give them an edge against Boys’ Town. Boys’ Town, who have themselves beaten title challengers Portmore United 3-0 away from home, were last week spanked 3-0 by Cavalier in what can be described as a yo-yo league. Former champions Reno no longer looked like the team that threatened in the early season to be pacesetters and now find themselves in the bottom half of the table in seventh place with only goal difference setting them apart from today’s opponents, UWI FC. The university men, on the other hand, after struggling at the start of the competition, had some wondering if their entry was an experiment doomed to failure. They have gradually found their footing following their first win of the competition, a 1-0 win over fellow promoted but far more storied team Portmore United. Amal Knight’s quality in goal was never in question, but with Girvon Brown running into form and the addition of a few players through the transfer window, they will look even more competitive. IMPROVED PERFORMANCElast_img read more

Fire ban in the Peace Region starting Thursday

first_imgThe past week’s hot and dry weather has meant an increase in human-caused wildfires in the Peace Region. The ban covers all parks and B.C. Crown land, but does not apply within municipalities, which have their own forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. The prohibition will tentatively be in place until June 15.Good news for spring campers: the ban does not prohibit campfires smaller than half a metre wide by half a metre high, or cooking stoves that use propane, gas or briquettes. The ban specifically prohibits the burning of any waste or other material, including stubble or grass, and the use of fireworks or any size of burning barrels.- Advertisement -Anyone found in violation of the fire ban can be fined up to $345, or if convicted in court, be fined up to $100,000 and face a year in jail.People operating equipment outdoors and all-terrain vehicle riders are urged to be cautious, as any spark could cause a wildfire.Advertisementlast_img read more

League Cup round-up: Liverpool need penalties, Arsenal claim North London bragging rights, plus wins for Manchester United and Chelsea

first_img Mathieu Flamini 1 Liverpool needed penalties to overcome League Two Carlisle United at Anfield as the pressure mounts on Brendan Rodgers.Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho both missed their spot kicks but Adam Bogdan was the hero, saving three of Carlisle’s penalties.The Reds took the lead in the first half through Danny Ings but they were pegged back as Derek Asamoah levelled to make it 1-1, which it stayed until the shootout. Mathieu Flamini scored twice, including a stunning volley, as Arsenal beat arch-rivals Tottenham in the North London derby.Flamini, who was ridiculed by Arsenal and Spurs fans alike when announced in the starting XI, opened the scoring in the first half as he followed in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot.Calum Chambers put through his own net in the second half to level but Flamini popped up with a breath-taking volley with 10 minutes remaining to send the Gunners into round four of the League Cup.Newcastle were stunned at home 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday as Steve McClaren’s woes as Magpies manager continued.It was a dull game and looked to be heading to extra-time but Lewis McGugan drilled the ball into the back of the net with Tim Krul needing to do better to save.Wayne Rooney moved to within 15 goals of Sir Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United goalscoring record as the Red Devils beat Ipswich 2-0 at Old Trafford.The second was scored by exciting youngster Andreas Pereira with a delightful free-kick on his full debut for Louis van Gaal’s side, while Anthony Martial got his fourth goal in three games.Chelsea followed up their win against Arsenal with a 3-1 victory away to Walsall with goals from Ramires, Loic Remy, Kenedy and Pedro all scoring.Wednesday’s League Cup results:Crystal Palace 4-1 CharltonMK Dons 0-6 SouthamptonNewcastle 0-1 Sheffield WednesdayNorwich 3-0 West BromTottenham 1-2 ArsenalWalsall 1-4 ChelseaLiverpool 1-1 Carlisle (Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties)Manchester United 3-0 Ipswichlast_img read more