Needing 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.
– MP says it has potential to advance eco-tourismThe village of Kuru Kururu, along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway, has been the first of many communities to benefit from a medical outreach dental programme spearheaded by telephone giant GTT.Villagers braved the mid-morning heat on Sunday at the Kuru Kururu PrimaryGTT’s medical outreach at Kuru Kururu, Linden/Soesdyke Highway, on SundaySchool Annex to benefit from free dental care that was offered by GTT, in collaboration with the Smile Guyana Dental Services, ANSA McAL, and the Rotary Club of Georgetown Central – the latter which donated a bus in which several dentists provided the service. GTT’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Allison Parker highlighted that Sunday’s programme formed part of the phone company’s corporate social responsibility, and according to her, GTT has been leading others in this regard.“We have teamed up with Dr Theodore from Smile Guyana – aligning with her was quite easy… We are doing extractions, fillings, cleaning, everything dental for the community. It’s free of charge, and we want to thank all those persons who partnered with us…Colgate, ANSA McAL, Dr Theodore, the Rotary Club of Georgetown Central, and of course GTT, the main driver behind this dental outreach,” Parker observed.She added that the initiative will continue in the future. “This is something we plan to do going forward. This (Kuru Kururu) is the first community. This ties in with the million-dollar promotion. We initially said 50 children, but the children and their parents came, so we are not going to turn anybody back,” she added. Speaking on why the village was selected, Parker said the village, which has over 6000 residents, is diverse and is situated just outside of Georgetown.She also reminded the public that the GTT final draw for the Million-Dollar Smile promotion is December 18, where 4 million-dollar winners would be chosen.