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.
Too many youths are involved in alcohol consumption and it seems to be an issue which continues to go undeterred in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) which will result in negative impacts in their education and by extent, their future.This is according to Commander of G Division (Essequibo Coast- Islands), Khali Pareshram, who told this publication that there is a high use of alcohol among teenagers, specifically those still attending secondary schools, in his division.Although they may not be consuming alcohol on the schools’ premises or during instruction periods, a number of youths appear to be resorting to drinking as part of their recreational fun, outside of the classrooms.He explained that perhaps it could be due to the culture of some families and friends who believe that “a little alcohol” during celebrations would not harm children in any way, however, this is far from the truth.Once a child becomes exposed to alcohol from early stages, chances are, that individual during the adolescent stage would continue along that line and in adulthood could become an alcoholic.According to Commander Pareshram, there are sensitisation workshops ongoing at various learning institutions across Region Two geared at educating students about social ills, crimes, traffic violations, and healthy living. But parents and guardians also need to be aware that they have a role to play in practising the same with regard to their children.“Like any other issue that has to be addressed when children are concerned, this needs a multi-stakeholder approach. Not just the police or organisations but families, neighbours, communities etc. That’s the main way of curbing issues that affect our youths,” he stated.Drug useTouching on the topic of drug usage and abuse by students in secondary schools, the Commander noted that while there is involvement in Region Two, it is not prevalent.In fact, in relation to illicit substances, the youths who are involved appear to be focused on using cannabis and not ecstasy or other harmful drugs.“Yes, there is some involvement of substance abuse and usage of illicit substances but when the teachers notice this or are suspicious of this with their students they report what they have observed. In those cases, it is primarily instances where these students are smoking cannabis. However, like I said, through a multi-stakeholder approach we are targeting this matter and expect to see positive results,” the Commander said. (Kristen Macklingam)