St George’s, Excelsior in crucial clash

first_imgSt George’s College will look to maintain their perfect record when they face Excelsior High in a top-of-the-table clash in Group A of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup preliminary stage at Winchester Park, North Street today. Match time is 3 p.m.The Light Blues have scored five wins from as many starts to be on top in the group on maximum 15 points, just ahead of Excelsior who are on 13. Greater Portmore are also on 13, but have played two more games. Tivoli Gardens are on three points and Tarrant High are without a point in the group.With that scenario, a win for either St George’s or Excelsior will strengthen their chances of finishing the group on top. This will also ensure a spot in the prestigious FLOW Super Cup as well as the Walker Cup knockout competitions.The teams’ first round game on September 20 at the Stadium East was abandoned following the death of former St George’s captain Dominic James. He collapsed early in the match and was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. His funeral will be held tomorrow at Holy Trinity Cathedral on North Street.When the game was called off Excelsior were leading 2-1 late in the first half.St George’s College’s assistant coach, Marcel Gayle, says his team treats every game as being very important and today’s clash will be no difference.”Every game is important. We want to go out there and do our best. We are improving by scoring more goals and will look to continue that way,” Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.St George’s will look to new captain Alex Marshall, Akeem Robotham, Ronaldo Watson and former Wolmer’s player Akiki Jackson to continue their winning streak.Excelsior’s technical director Xavier Gilbert is fully aware of the importance of the game.”It is a very important game for both teams. We want to stay in line for the FLOW Super Cup, so we have been preparing for this game,” Gilbert declared.”The team is coming on, although we are not yet where we want to be. However, the aim is to go there for a win,” the former St George’s cricket star added.Excelsior will look to national Under-17 striker Raewin Senior, Christopher Thorpe, Thorne Buchanan and Cadine Graham for a positive result.Today’s gamesTivoli Gardens vs TarrantSt George’s College vs ExcelsiorAscot vs Kingston CollegeSt Mary’s College vs Denham TownPapine vs St Mary’s CollegeHaile Selassie vs MeadowbrookSt Catherine vs Jonathan GrantPembroke Hall vs ArdenneJosÈ Marti vs Wolmer’sEdith Dalton James vs DunoonCamperdown vs Kingston TechnicalCalabar vs CumberlandHydel vs Campion CollegeBridgeport vs St JagoVauxhall vs Jamaica College(With the exception of the St George’s-Excelsior match, all other games start at 3:30 p.m. Home teams named first.)ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup points standingsGroup ATeams P W D L GF GA GD PtsSt George’s 5 5 0 0 30 1 29 15Excelsior 5 4 1 0 18 3 15 13G Portmore 7 4 1 2 15 16 -1 13Tivoli 6 1 0 5 6 17 -11 3Tarrant 7 0 0 7 3 35 -32 0Group BJC 5 4 1 0 13 2 11 13STATHS 5 1 3 1 3 4 -1 6Eltham 5 0 2 1 2 8 -6 2Group CKC 8 7 1 0 44 1 43 22D Town 8 6 1 1 13 4 9 19Papine 7 3 1 3 16 7 9 10ST Mary’s 7 1 2 4 6 23 -17 5Ascot 8 1 2 5 6 27 -21 5N Manley 7 0 3 4 4 18 -14 3Group DH Selassie 7 6 0 1 14 5 9 18St Catherine 7 5 2 0 10 2 8 17J Grant 7 5 1 1 15 5 10 16Ardenne 7 2 1 4 5 13 -8 7M’brook 7 1 0 6 5 12 -7 3P Hall 7 0 0 7 2 14 -12 0Group EH Trinity 7 6 0 1 15 3 12 18C Smith 7 5 0 2 17 6 11 15Waterford 6 4 0 2 18 6 12 12Mona 6 0 1 5 2 18 -16 1C Carthy 6 0 1 5 0 17 -17 1Group FWolmer’s 8 8 0 0 30 1 29 24C’down 7 4 1 2 14 8 6 13Dunoon 7 3 0 4 6 13 -7 9J Marti 8 2 2 4 8 12 -4 8Edith Dalton 6 0 0 6 2 25 -23 0Group GBridgeport 8 5 2 1 11 5 6 17St Jago 7 5 1 1 13 2 11 16Hydel 7 3 3 1 21 4 17 12Calabar 8 4 0 4 16 6 10 12C’land 8 2 1 5 8 14 -6 7Campion 8 0 1 7 0 37 -37 0KTHS 7 2 1 4 5 6 -1 7last_img read more

Wayne Rooney keen to extend England career as competition grows

first_imgEngland captain Wayne Rooney believes he still has “a few years left” playing for his country, dispelling speculation that the 30-year-old Manchester United forward could soon bring the curtain down on his international career.A knee injury has kept Rooney out of action since February and the emergence of strikers such as Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has led to questions over England manager Roy Hodgson’s perceived reliance on Rooney.Like Hodgson, who rejected talk of Rooney’s ability to lead England during the June 10-July 10 European Championships in France, the Liverpudlian is not ready to call time on his international career.”Over the past two years my form for England has been really good. I’ve scored a lot of goals,” Rooney told the PFA’s 4 The Player magazine.”I’ll keep trying to, first and foremost, help the team be successful and if I can score the goals to help achieve that then that’ll be great.”I’ve still got a few years left, I feel. I’m a lot more patient now in my play. When I was younger, I could be impatient and I’d end up in positions I didn’t really need to be in.”Rooney, who will turn 31 in October, made his international debut at the age of 17 as a substitute against Australia in February 2003 and became the side’s youngest-ever scorer with a goal in a 2-1 win over Macedonia seven months later.Last September, he surpassed Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record of 49 goals for England against Switzerland and now has 51 goals in 109 internationals.advertisementHe scored his first goal in a World Cup finals against Uruguay in Brazil in 2014 and was England’s highest scorer in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with seven goals.He is also closing in on Charlton’s all-time scoring record of 249 goals for Manchester United and is currently their second-highest scorer with 244 goals, but might need to wait until next season to break it due to his injury.last_img read more

Ways to Save During National Coupon Month

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