Crucial victory keeps JC on track

first_imgNeeding to win to secure their place in the semi-final of FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup, defending champions Jamaica College (JC) defeated Wolmer’s Boys’ 3-1 at the Constant Spring Field in their top-of-the-table Group H football match.They now join Denham Town and Jonathan Grant in the last four.Wolmer’s, who needed only a point to claim top spot, had only themselves to blame as they wasted a number of easy-scoring opportunities in the first half.Zeron Sewell fired the ‘Dark Blues’ in front from the penalty spot at the 52nd minute, after Chevaun Crooks was fouled inside the area.WASTEDOPPORTUNITYHowever, minutes earlier, Wolmer’s wasted the best opportunity of the game when Rivaldo English slipped through the JC defence, but hit his shot on to the goalpost. However, the ball fell kindly to Alphanso Gooden who had an empty goal at his mercy, but he slammed the ball against the same goalpost, before the rebound was cleared by a defender.Tyreek Magee made it 2-0 four minutes after Sewell’s opener, when his free kick caught Shawn Jemison flat-footed and bounced inside the far post.Wolmer’s were given a lifeline in the 61st minute when the Heroes’ Circle-based school received a penalty and Rojay Smith made no mistake from the spot.However, the champions restored their two-goal cushion when Donovan Segree played in Malik Howell, who slotted past Jemison from close range.Donald Stewart, JC’s assistant coach, who organised the team on the day in coach Miguel Coley’s absence, said they executed well.”Wolmer’s and JC have a big rivalry from long years ago, and as the defending champions we wanted the opportunity to defend our title and to do that we have to move to the next stage, which is the semi-finals,” he said.Wolmer’s coach, Vassell Reynolds, said his team lost its composure.”We should have gotten one or two goals first half, but we were in the game at the end of the first half. But we didn’t recover from that penalty and the second goal caught us thinking about that and we got agitated and lost our composure,” he said.In the first game, which was purely of academic interest, Holy Trinity High beat Vauxhall High 2-1 on goals from Jabari Howell (11th) and Keno Chance (42nd). Jordan Batson had given Vauxhall a two-minute lead.The last semi-finalist will be decided this afternoon.Yesterday’s Results• JC 3, Wolmer’s 1• Holy Trinity 2 ,Vauxhall 1Today’s games• St George’s vs KC at Constant Spring• Haile Selassie vs St Jago at Prison OvalBoth matches start at 3 p.m.last_img read more

Mourinho warns Pogba no player is bigger than Man United

first_img0Shares0000“Manchester United is bigger than anyone and I have to defend that,” Mourinho said.LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 28 – Jose Mourinho has warned Paul Pogba that no player is bigger than Manchester United.His comments follow a turbulent week in the pair’s relationship which saw Mourinho inform Pogba he will never captain the side again under him after the French midfielder criticised his tactics in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Wolves. The pair then had a disagreement in front of television cameras at training on Wednesday, when Mourinho appeared to take issue with an Instagram post from Pogba during the previous night’s disappointing Carabao Cup defeat by Derby County.Speaking at his press conference on Friday, Mourinho said he felt compelled to act.“Manchester United is bigger than anyone and I have to defend that,” Mourinho said.“After weeks of analysing and exchanging opinions with my coaching staff, we made the decision that from now Paul is just a player and not a captain.“So, the decision is made.”Despite the tension between the pair, Mourinho insisted their relationship has not broken down and confirmed Pogba is set to play against West Ham on Saturday.“The relationship between player and manager is good. It is not any more a relationship between captain – or one of the captains – and manager,” Mourinho said.“Nobody trained better than Paul on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Some trained as well as him but nobody trained better than him and tomorrow he plays.“No player is bigger than the club. If I am happy with his work, he plays. If I am not happy with his work he does not play. I am happy with his work this week, really happy.“The team needs good players. He is a good player. The team needs players with the personality to play. He has [it].“So he plays tomorrow.”Mourinho was defiant when asked why he chose to confront Pogba when he knew there were cameras filming the training session.“I don’t care about the cameras,” the United manager said.“What confrontation? It was not a confrontation. Do you think it was a confrontation?“What happened the other day, happens many days. Conversations with players, I have many, many times. It was not the case but loud critiques, loud instruction happens every day. Coaching is about that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more