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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 MoBay vs Arnett highlights tantalising slate of rescheduled matches http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/MoBay-vs-Arnett-highlights-tantalising-slate-of-rescheduled-matches_78512 The two most recent local football club champions are set to clash today in a rescheduled slate of matches in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).<br /> <br /> Reigning champions Montego Bay United are the hosts as former winners Arnett Gardens FC visit WesPow Park in St James in an expected tantalising clash to start at 3:00 pm.<br /> <br /> This encounter and five other contests were originally scheduled to be played October 2, but were postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Matthew as it rampaged through the Caribbean.<br /> <br /> Both Arnett Gardens and Montego Bay are locked on 13 points after seven games. However, Arnett, who are yet to hit top gear, occupy second place thanks to a slightly better goal difference. Montego Bay, also off to a slow start this season, are third.<br /> <br /> The rivalry between the teams, particularly over the last two seasons, has been intense.<br /> <br /> Arnett Gardens won the 2014-15 title after blanking Montego Bay 2-0 in the final.<br /> <br /> In the last campaign, Montego Bay beat Arnett Gardens in a contentious two-legged semi-final tie en route to regaining the crown and securing their second title in three years.<br /> <br /> It is anyone&rsquo;s guess how the teams will fare in their first face-off this RSPL season.<br /> <br /> In another game, second-time entrants University of the West Indies (UWI) FC, who have enjoyed a terrific first round thus far, welcome strugglers Boys&rsquo; Town FC to the Mona Bowl.<br /> <br /> UWI lead the 12-team table with 16 points, while former powerhouse Boys&rsquo; Town are 11th with four points.<br /> <br /> Newly promoted Maverley-Hughenden FC, who have drawn three games on the trot, will be on the hunt for their second win this season when they travel to Drewsland Stadium to battle former champions Waterhouse FC.<br /> <br /> Maverley-Hughenden, who have five draws and a loss this season, are eighth with eight points.<br /> <br /> Waterhouse, in crisis since last season when they barely escaped relegation, are 10th with six points.<br /> <br /> At Juici Park in Clarendon, fifth-placed Portmore United (11 points) entertain seventh-placed Reno FC (nine points).<br /> <br /> At Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon, first-timers Jamalco FC, who are sixth with 10 points, welcome ninth-placed Tivoli Gardens FC (seven points). <br /> <br /> All of these games are scheduled to start at 3:00 pm.<br /> <br /> In the final scheduled encounter of the day at 7:00 pm, former winners Harbour View FC host last season&rsquo;s semi-finalists Humble Lion FC at Harbour View Stadium. Harbour View are last in the standing with four points, while Humble Lion are in fourth place with 13 points.<br /> <br /> Humble Lion have the same number of points and identical goal difference to third-place Montego Bay, but trail due to scoring fewer goals.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Sanjay Myers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13279737/227955_55179_repro__w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Alia swims record http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Alia-swims-record_78492 After numerous close shaves to the 50m short course breaststroke world record, Jamaica&rsquo;s Alia Atkinson finally achieved the feat when she sped to a blistering 28.64 seconds in the third cluster of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday.<br /> <br /> Atkinson, who had earlier clocked the third-fastest qualifying time of 30.01 seconds in the heats behind Russia&rsquo;s Yulia Efimova (29.87s) and American Molly Hannis (29.93s), turned the tables on her competitors in scintillating fashion.<br /> <br /> The Jamaican sensation lowered the previous mark of 28.80 seconds set by American Jessica Hardy in Berlin in 2009 by 16-hundredths of a second when winning ahead of Efimova (29.19) and Hannis (29.57) in the final.<br /> <br /> Atkinson has now achieved her second record on the short course circuit, after equalling Ruta Meilutyte&rsquo;s 100m breaststroke record of 1:02.36 minutes twice, with the first coming in 2014 in Doha, Qatar, and again in France in August this year.<br /> <br /> The 27-year-old now joins Hardy and Meilutyt as the only women to break the 29-second barrier in the event on the short course circuit, but is finally standing alone with a record of her own. With the record, Atkinson earned a US$10,000 bonus from FINA along with 20 points towards her cluster bonus.<br /> <br /> She now occupies second position on the women&rsquo;s side in cluster points. Atkinson was in line for a big bonus in the first cluster, but sat out the Moscow meet and was not ineligible to win a cluster bonus.<br /> <br /> She went on to earn US$35,000 in the second cluster and now sits fifth overall at US$54,000. Hungary&rsquo;s &ldquo;Iron Lady&rdquo; Katinka Hosszu continues to lead all swimmers with close to $190,000.<br /> <br /> Atkinson returned to cop bronze in the 100m individual medley (IM) with a time of 58.32 seconds, behind Hosszu (57.47s) and Rikako Ikee, who clocked a world junior record of 58.24 seconds.<br /> <br /> In the 50m butterfly, she ended fifth in 26.18 seconds, behind Denmark&rsquo;s Jeanette Ottesen (25.05s) and Ikee who again clocked a world junior record of 25.73 seconds.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Sherdon Cowan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13157528/216778_63848_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Cornwall College remain perfect with 14th- straight win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cornwall-College-remain-perfect-with-14th--straight-win_78554 BY PAUL A REID Observer writer CLARENDON PARK, Clarendon &mdash; Cornwall College extended their perfect run in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition after beating Glenmuir High 2-0 in their Group P quarter-final game played at Juici Park, Clarendon Park, yesterday.<br /> <br /> A goal in each half each from, Jourdaine Fletcher and Peter-Lee Vassell, carried Cornwall College to their 14th-straight win in the competition and avenged a 0-2 loss to the same opponents at the exact juncture of the competition two years ago.<br /> <br /> Dinthill Technical had their perfect 12-game win streak snapped after they were edged by Lennon High 1-0, while defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), Manchester High, Clarendon College, Rusea&rsquo;s High, Vere Technical, and Little London were also winners yesterday.<br /> <br /> At Juici Park, Cornwall College dominated the possession and scoring chances but failed to make use of their superiority, though Fletcher gave them the lead in the 36th minute with his fifth goal since the start of the Inter-zone round, while Vassell made the points secure late in the game with his sixth goal.<br /> <br /> Manchester High joined Cornwall College on three points in the group after they edged Ocho Rios High 1-0 at Drax Hall with Ajay Chin scoring the lone goal of the game.<br /> <br /> Javoney Brown scored a double and Denroy Miller got the other as champions STETHS got by Fair Prospect High 3-0 in their Group R game at Lync h Park.<br /> <br /> Vere Technical also won in Group R, beating Petersfield High 3-1, with Ronaldo Thomas getting two and Shavaughn Robb the other to join STETHS on three points.<br /> <br /> Rusea&rsquo;s High came from a goal down to beat Paul Bogle High 2-1 in their Group Q game at Jarrett Park in a game in which the entire second half was played in a heavy downpour.<br /> <br /> Romario Kelly shot Paul Bogle into the lead in the 12th minute, but Shawn Bradford equalised in the 17th minute before Leonardo Fogarthy equalised midway the second half.<br /> <br /> Lennon High are level with Rusea&rsquo;s High on three points after spoiling Geoffrey Maxwell&rsquo;s debut as Dinthill Technical&rsquo;s coach, as Christopher Randall&rsquo;s third goal since the start of the Inter-zone made the difference.<br /> <br /> It was back-to-back losses for Dinthill after they were beaten by the same scoreline by Bridgeport High in the first round of the FLOW Super Cup after they had won their first 12 games.<br /> <br /> On Tuesday, Dinthill relieved Kevin Williams of his coaching duties after a dispute with the team&rsquo;s manager over the weekend.<br /> <br /> Clarendon College are the leaders in Group S after Nicque Daley scored a hat-trick to beat first-time quarter-finalists Steer Town 3-0 in the first game at Juici Park.<br /> <br /> Another first-time qualifier, Little London, came from a goal down at half-time to beat Spot Valley High 2-1 at Jarrett Park.<br /> <br /> Rogewayne Thompson gave Spot Valley the lead in the 11th minute, but Little London, who got out of the first round as one of the best third-placed teams before topping their Inter-zone round, rallied with two opportunistic goals in the second half.<br /> <br /> Develle Murray drew them level in the 53rd minute after he kicked in from less than a foot out along the touchline and then Shane Ricketts scored the winner in the 83rd minute. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386443/236954_63852_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386440/236955_63853_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Excelsior&rsquo;s Ryan Spence making mark in FLOW Super Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Excelsior-s-Ryan-Spence-making-mark-in-FLOW-Super-Cup_78117 BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com Though there were five different scorers in Excelsior High&rsquo;s win in their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Super Cup first-round fixture last weekend, Ryan Spence stood out among them.<br /> <br /> Spence, who scored in the 29th minute, was instrumental in his team&rsquo;s progression to the next round, as they effortlessly spanked Ocho Rios High 5-0 in a lopsided affair at Sabina Park last Friday.<br /> <br /> The other goals were scored by Kimani DeCombre (fifth), Cadine Graham (12th), Chad McKen (49th) and substitute Raewin Senior (87th).<br /> <br /> Spence, an attacking-midfielder, has been a feature in Excelsior High&rsquo;s exploits all season and he has once again come to the fore in assisting the Shavar Thomas-coached team to move one step closer to the grand prize of $1 million and the newly unveiled Italian-made trophy.<br /> <br /> The in-form Mountain View Avenue-based players, who have only lost once this season &mdash; on penalties &mdash; will meet Clarendon College in the quarter-finals at 5:00 pm this Saturday at Sabina Park.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am elated that we came out victorious. I thought I played well but it was an all-round team effort which brought us the results, so credit must go to my teammates as well for putting in a good performance. This win will be a great platform to build on going into the next round and to strengthen the guys&rsquo; confidence,&rdquo; Spence told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The dazzling left-footed player who sports the number 13 jersey worried the Ocho Rios defence on a number of occasions with his swift movement complemented by a few thumping efforts on goal.<br /> <br /> Spence, 17, made his presence felt in the 27th minute, but his spanking shot from the top of the box was parried by goalkeeper Khari Williams. He later followed up with a more delicate and well-placed effort from basically the same spot to get his and Excelsior&rsquo;s third goal on the day.<br /> <br /> The pencil-thin fifth form Spence was at it again with another well-struck shot from about 25 yards out, but was denied by Williams, diving full stretch to his right. However, he was not finished yet and popped up once more to assist Senior in putting the finishing touches on the game.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My motto is always to train hard and play each game like it is a final and follow the coach&rsquo;s instructions at all times, so going into the game I was confident that we would do well. We have a very well rounded team and we have the talent to take home this cup. We just have to play our game and play each game like a final,&rdquo; reiterated Spence.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I must say also I think this is a great competition to play in, because it allows us to showcase our talents for scouts to possibly see us, and I am sure other players in other teams would agree. So I must thank the sponsors for this competition and the coaches for preparing us to perform at our best,&rdquo; he added. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386190/236057_63814_repro_w300.jpg Manning Cup Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM FLOW Super Cup scorers 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/FLOW-Super-Cup-scorers-2016_78522 Three goals<br /> <br /> Jourdaine Fletcher - Cornwall College<br /> <br /> Alphonso Gooden - Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo;<br /> <br /> Two goals<br /> <br /> Javoney Brown - STETHS<br /> <br /> Rivaldo English - Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; <br /> <br /> One goal<br /> <br /> Shakoon Powell - Bridgeport High<br /> <br /> Kimani DeCombre - Excelsior High<br /> <br /> Cadine Graham - Excelsior High<br /> <br /> Chad McKen - Excelsior High<br /> <br /> Ryan Spence - Excelsior High<br /> <br /> Raewin Senior - Excelsior High<br /> <br /> Omar Thompson - Kingston College<br /> <br /> Trayone Reid - Kingston College<br /> <br /> Shai Smith - Holy Trinity<br /> <br /> Dante Green - Holy Trinity<br /> <br /> Rojae Welch- Holy Trinity<br /> <br /> Leonardo Fogarthy - Rusea&rsquo;s <br /> <br /> Nazime Matalie - Rusea&rsquo;s <br /> <br /> Ranaldo Thompson - Rusea&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Demar James - STETHS<br /> <br /> Rujay Robinson - STETHS<br /> <br /> David Duckworth - Vere Technical<br /> <br /> Andrew Daley - Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386191/236919_63813_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM MBU, Arnett rivalry resumes today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/MBU--Arnett-rivalry-resumes-today_78464 BY PAUL A REID Observer West Writer TUCKER, St James ­&mdash; Defending champions Montego Bay United (MBU) and Arnett Gardens will renew rivalry in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) this afternoon at WesPow Park, starting at 3:00pm when they meet in a rescheduled first-round fixture that was originally scheduled for earlier this month but was postponed due to the passage of Hurricane Matthew.<br /> <br /> Games between the two juggernauts have come to be well anticipated by fans of both teams and highlights of the Premier League.<br /> <br /> It will be the first time the teams are meeting at WesPow Park since the 2014-15 season when MBU won 5-0, as the games between the teams in Montego Bay have been moved to the more spacious Montego Bay Sports Complex.<br /> <br /> The two teams are tied on 13 points along with Humble Lion, with Arnett boasting the best goal difference of the three.<br /> <br /> The last time the two met - in the semi-finals last year - MBU prevailed in a bruising battle over two legs and went on to beat Portmore United in the finals.<br /> <br /> MBU have not beaten Arnett Gardens in a regular season game since that 5-0 game in November 2014. <br /> <br /> The Kingston team won their last two games in the regular rounds last year after the first game, played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, ended in a 2-2 draw.<br /> <br /> Both teams are coming off wins, Arnett Gardens blanked promoted Jamalco FC 3-0 at home while MBU got the better of an improving Waterhouse 2-1 at WesPow.<br /> <br /> MBU are expected to be strengthened by the return of defender Kemar Drake, who was on the bench on Sunday, as they take on the team that has scored the most goals so far, 10, just one more than the Montego Bay team.<br /> <br /> Striker Dino Williams, who has been working his way into form after undergoing an operation in the off-season, leads the team with three goals, while Allan Ottey has so far scored two.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul A Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13385276/236728_63696_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Cornwall, Rusea&rsquo;s showdown Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cornwall--Rusea-s-showdown-Saturday-_78437 BY PAUL A REID Observer West Writer CATHERINE HALL, St James &mdash; Former national football champions and long-time rivals Cornwall College and Rusea&rsquo;s High will meet head-on to earn a semi-final spot in the lucrative FLOW Super Cup competition when they lock horns in the second game of a double header at the Montego Bay Sports Complex set to start at 7:00pm Saturday.<br /> <br /> Both teams are coming off impressive 3-0 wins over Manning Cup teams Denham Town and Haile Selassie High, respectively, in the opening round last weekend, and one will meet the winner of the quarterfinal game between Clarendon College and Excelsior High in the November 5th semi-final.<br /> <br /> Based on the turnout last weekend, the Montego Bay Sports Complex should be humming on Saturday as thousands of supporters are expected to turn up for the big clash that could dominate the round. <br /> <br /> In the first game on Saturday, St Elizabeth Technical will be seeking to return to the semi-finals when they take on Bridgeport High after outscoring Holy Trinity 4-3 last weekend.<br /> <br /> A win for either Cornwall College or Rusea&rsquo;s High on Saturday would see either team qualifying for the semi-final for the first time. <br /> <br /> Cornwall were knocked out in the first round in 2014 and failed to make it back to the cash-rich competition last year, while this was the first time Rusea&rsquo;s High were qualifying.<br /> <br /> On Friday, red hot Jourdaine Fletcher scored all three goals as Cornwall College cruised past Denham Town High, and 24 hour later Rusea&rsquo;s scored three times in the first 37 minutes to dismiss the Geoffrey Maxwell-coached Haile Selassie.<br /> <br /> Both teams would have played daCosta Cup quarterfinal-round games yesterday but up to then were both unbeaten. Cornwall College were perfect through 14 games while Rusea&rsquo;s had drawn twice in Zone B, against Frome Technical and Green Island in back-to-back games.<br /> <br /> Something will have to give in the game that must provide a winner, as both teams have been solid in defence. Rusea&rsquo;s have not allowed a goal in seven games, while Cornwall College&rsquo;s run is at four straight.<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s at the other end of the field that they will attract attention and Cornwall College are far ahead on the stats sheet with 51 goals in 14 games while Rusea&rsquo;s have scored 30 goals in 10 games.<br /> <br /> Cornwall&rsquo;s Fletcher is having his best season so far and leads with 19 goals scored, while Peter-Lee Vassell, who missed the first four games of the season, scored five times in the Inter-zone round and had nine goals overall.<br /> <br /> Shawn Bradford, Nazime Matalie and Leonardo Fogarthy are the men who will carry the scoring responsibility for Rusea&rsquo;s High as they seek to get to the last four of the national competition. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13385254/236698_63669_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13385255/236697_63668_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM KC, Charlie Smith held in 1-1 stalemates http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/KC--Charlie-Smith-held-in-1-1-stalemates_78547 BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com The playing field remains level in Group J after Kingston College (KC) and Charlie Smith High were held to draws in their respective Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup second-round encounters at Constant Spring Field yesterday.<br /> <br /> KC came from behind to earn a 1-1 score line with a resilient St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), while Charlie Smith surrendered the lead and were held 1-1 by Bridgeport High in the feature game of the double-header.<br /> <br /> Interestingly, for the third time since the start of the second round, all group games ended with identical score lines.<br /> <br /> In the feature game Kemar James netted for Charlie Smith in the 18th minute, but a penalty by Captain Kyle Ming (90th+1) salvaged a point for Bridgeport High.<br /> <br /> Charlie Smith enjoyed the better of play in the early exchanges and broke the deadlock when James&rsquo;s intended cross from the right side of the 18-yard area took a wicked deflection off Ming and left custodian Kashwane Stanbury with no chance.<br /> <br /> Despite dominating possession and creating numerous chances Charlie Smith failed to extend their lead at the break as they were undone by poor decision-making.<br /> <br /> Bridgeport High came out probing on the resumption and eventually found the equaliser from the spot after a lengthy period of dominance. A goal-bound shot from outside the area by Javaughn Dunn was deliberately handled inside the area by Sheldon Williams, who was subsequently shown a red card by referee Wilverglen Lamey in the 90th.<br /> <br /> Though Charlie Smith&rsquo;s custodian Shamarley Clayton guessed right, he was unable to deny Ming, who stepped up and executed a well-placed penalty kick in time added.<br /> <br /> Garnett Lawrence, coach of Bridgeport High, was happy with the fight shown by his team to earn the point.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;All is even in the two games and we give God thanks; we dug deep today (yesterday); we have been playing a string of games and we really appreciate how the guys came out and fought hard for the draw. We knew that from we entered the second round it is going to be all tough games and today was just one,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer in a post-game interview.<br /> <br /> His counterpart Jerome Waite was also appreciative of the point, despite surrendering all three late in the contest.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is tough that we conceded in time added on, but it is all a part of the game; these are youngsters and it is a learning process. This was our first game, so all is not lost... we just have to regroup and come again,&rdquo; said Waite.<br /> <br /> Earlier in the curtain-raiser, after playing out a goalless first half, Kingston College were left to play catch-up 22 minutes on the resumption when Trimane Shaw put STATHS in front. Shaw fired into an empty net from deep inside the area after custodian Jahvanni Grant failed to gather the ball cleanly.<br /> <br /> However, after being denied by resilient defending from STATHS during a lengthy probe, national Under-17 representative Omar Thompson ensured Kingston College a share of the spoils when he headed home a well-weighted cross from captain Javain Brown in the 82nd minute.<br /> <br /> Thursday&rsquo;s schedule<br /> <br /> Group K<br /> <br /> Haile Selassie vs St George&rsquo;s College @ Prison Oval @ 1:00 pm<br /> <br /> Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; vs St Catherine @ Prison Oval @ 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386439/236944_63857_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386442/236945_63856_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM West heads north on Special Winter Games mission http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/West-heads-north-on-Special-Winter-Games-mission_78508 Glendon West, the Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) head of delegation to the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, left the island yesterday for Graz, Austria, to attend heads of delegation meetings.<br /> <br /> The meetings are set to run from October 27-31. <br /> <br /> Jamaica&rsquo;s delegation to the Games in Austria is expected to comprise 18 athletes, three coaches and two officials. The Jamaicans will compete in speed skating on ice and floor hockey at the global Special Olympics event, scheduled for March 13-24.<br /> <br /> Under the supervision of coaches, SOJ athletes began training at the National Stadium facilities from late last year for the Games in Austria.<br /> <br /> Jamaica were historic achievers at the previous Winter Games in 2013 in the Republic of Korea. The team won silver medals in two ice figure skating categories to go with a second-place finish in floor hockey.<br /> <br /> Special Olympics empowers people with intellectual disabilities by promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect across the world.<br /> <br /> The programme aims to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities.<br /> <br /> The intellectual disabilities can either be acquired or genetic, and can include cases of Down&rsquo;s Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386134/236883_63795_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386133/236882_63796_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Wolmer&rsquo;s thrash Kingdom Kids 36-0 in Prep school netball http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Wolmer-s-thrash-Kingdom-Kids-36-0-in-Prep-school-netball_78511 DEFENDING champions Wolmer&rsquo;s began the defence of their title by scoring a crushing 36-0 win over newcomers Kingdom Kids as the 2016 Jamaica Independent Schools&rsquo; Association (JISA)/Tastee Prep Schoolgirls Netball League got underway on Tuesday.<br /> <br /> The win for the Marascaux Road-based Wolmer&rsquo;s aggregation turned into a one-sided affair as they easily controlled proceedingd. The defending champions led 21-0 at the half-time break.<br /> <br /> Wolmer&rsquo;s had finished fourth in the Open Rally competition last week Thursday. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Vaz Prep, the Open Rally winners, also started well as they defeated Mavisville Prep 14-6.<br /> <br /> Many-time champions Quest, who lost in the Rally final, and made easy work of opponents Mona by winning 21-4.<br /> <br /> St Andrew Prep, who finished third in the Rally and are highly fancied to be among the top-four teams in the semi-finals, went down to 4-6 to St Catherine Prep.<br /> <br /> In other results, Emmanuel Prep defeated Dunrobin Prep 13-1; Portmore Missionary Prep eased past Glenmuir Prep 13-3; Trafalgar Prep edged Praise (Tab) Tabernacle 4-3; Alvernia Prep clipped Stella Maris Prep 3-2; Ardenne Prep got past St Jago Prep 10-8; Sacred Heart Prep and Bright Beginnings Prep played to a 1-1 draw.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the competition continues this afternoon with 12 matches with double-headers slated for a number of venues.<br /> <br /> Today&rsquo;s schedule<br /> <br /> ZONE 1 <br /> <br /> Praise Tabernacle vs Hydel at 1:45 pm <br /> <br /> St Andrew Prep vs Bright Beginnings Prep at 2:30 pm<br /> <br /> St Catherine vs Sacred Heart Prep at 1:45 pm<br /> <br /> ZONE 2 <br /> <br /> Quest vs Stella Maris at 1:45 pm<br /> <br /> Mona vs Alvernia at 2:30 pm<br /> <br /> St Jago vs Kingsgate at 2:30 pm<br /> <br /> Zone 3 <br /> <br /> Dunrobin Prep vs Black River Prep at 1:45 pm<br /> <br /> Kingdom Kids vs Belair Prep at 2:30 pm<br /> <br /> Wolmer&rsquo;s vs Richmond Park at 3:15 pm<br /> <br /> ZONE 4 <br /> <br /> Glenmuir Prep vs St Thomas More Prep at 1:45 pm<br /> <br /> Vaz vs Kingway Prep at 1:45 pm<br /> <br /> Mavisville Prep vs Our Lady of the Angels Prep at 2:30 pm<br /> <br /> Home teans named first<br /> <br /> &mdash; Gerald Reid<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10616821/BERGER-NETBALL_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Veteran King dropped; Selman, Knight return for India tour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Veteran-King-dropped--Selman--Knight-return-for-India-tour_78517 ST JOHN&rsquo;S, Antigua (CMC) &ndash; Batsman Stacy-Ann King has paid the price for a run of poor form and has been dropped from the West Indies Women&rsquo;s squad for next month&rsquo;s tour of India.<br /> <br /> The 33-year-old left-hander was not part of the 14-member unit announced yesterday by the West Indies Cricket Board for the six-match limited overs tour which runs November 10-22.<br /> <br /> King and seamer Erva Giddings are the only two changes from the squad that contested the recent One-Day International series against England which they lost 3-2.<br /> <br /> They have been replaced by the Barbadian duo of Shakera Selman and Kycia Knight &ndash; both fixtures in the squad previously.<br /> <br /> The outstanding Stafanie Taylor will once again lead the touring party, which includes veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed as vice-captain, along with former skipper Merissa Aguilleira, talented teenaged opener Hayley Matthews and seasoned campaigner, Deandra Dottin.<br /> <br /> King, who has played 66 ODIs and 76 Twenty20s, failed to make any impression during the England series, managing just 43 runs in four outings.<br /> <br /> Her returns in the Twenty20 World Cup earlier this year were equally disappointing, gathering just 42 runs in five innings.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Giddings, who made her debut in the recent England series, played just two matches and took a single wicket.<br /> <br /> Windies Women will welcome back the experience of Selman for the tough India trip, with the 27-year-old seamer having already played 62 ODIs and 59 T20Is.<br /> <br /> The 24-year-old Knight, an opener, will also bring vital experience for the tour. She has played 41 ODIs and 33 T20Is.<br /> <br /> West Indies will play three ODIs and three T20Is on the Indian tour, with the one-dayers all designated as ICC Women&rsquo;s Championship games.<br /> <br /> Points from these contests will go towards determining the four automatic qualifiers for next year&rsquo;s 50-over World Cup in England.<br /> <br /> All games have been scheduled for the city of Vijayawada, in the coastal state of Andhra Pradesh.<br /> <br /> SQUAD &ndash; Stafanie Taylor (captain), Anisa Mohammed (vice captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Shaquana Quintyne, Shakera Selman, Tremayne Smartt. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13358689/234797_61960_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386178/236914_63790_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Gabriel achieves career-best ranking after Abu Dhabi heroics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Gabriel-achieves-career-best-ranking-after-Abu-Dhabi-heroics_78518 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) &mdash; West Indies speedster Shannon Gabriel has achieved a career-high in the ICC Test player rankings following his impressive outing in the second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.<br /> <br /> The 28-year-old jumped 10 spots to 38th in the bowlers&rsquo; rankings, reward for his maiden career five-wicket haul in the first innings of the just concluded Test which West Indies lost by 133 runs.<br /> <br /> Gabriel bowled with consistent pace throughout the game to claim five for 96 and one for 36 in the second innings, and finished the contest as the Windies&rsquo; leading bowler.<br /> <br /> His captain and fellow seamer Jason Holder moved up two places to 59th following a three-wicket haul in the first innings.<br /> <br /> However, there were no West Indies bowlers in the top 20, with the highest player being the 25th-ranked Kemar Roach who has not played a Test for the year.<br /> <br /> Indian off-spinner Ravi Ashwin leads the rankings with South African Dale Steyn and England&rsquo;s James Anderson rounding out the top three.<br /> <br /> In the batting, Jermaine Blackwood leapt 11 places to 41st, as he too was rewarded for his enterprise in the recent outing against Pakistan.<br /> <br /> The right-hander made eight in the first innings but rebounded to stroke an attractive 95 in the second innings.<br /> <br /> He was joined by vice-captain and opener Kraigg Brathwaite who jumped three places to 32nd following scores of 21 and 67.<br /> <br /> There was no such good fortune for stylish left-hander Darren Bravo, however, as he dropped one place to 21st after scoring 43 and 13.<br /> <br /> Australia&rsquo;s Steve Smith is the number one ranked batsman while Pakistani Younis Khan, who struck his 33rd Test hundred in the recent game against West Indies, has risen three places to second &ndash; his highest ranking in seven years. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386179/231774__w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Invaders get by Rio Bueno 2-1 in Trelawny FA President&rsquo;s Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Invaders-get-by-Rio-Bueno-2-1-in-Trelawny-FA-President-s-Cup_78472 BOUNTY HALL, Trelawny &mdash; Invaders SC held off Rio Bueno FC 2-1 on Sunday to win the Trelawny Football Association&rsquo;s season opening President&rsquo;s Cup Knock Out played at Bounty Hall.<br /> <br /> After 72 minutes without a goal and the game appearing to be headed to extra time and maybe penalty kicks, three goals were produced.<br /> <br /> Omar Haughton shot Invaders SC into the lead in the 73rd minute, while Shanoy Anderson doubled the lead nine minutes later when he scored in the 82nd minute.<br /> <br /> Garfield Stewart threw Rio Bueno FC a lifeline when he pulled one back in the 87th minute, but they failed to draw level.<br /> <br /> On Wednesday Rio Bueno FC had beaten Bunkers Hill So Fresh 3-1 in the semi-finals with Stewart scoring a double, while Invaders FC were awarded their game against Spicy Hill after the Georgia Sports Grounds were not prepared for the game.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul A Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13385277/236748_63697_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM PHOTO: Cornwall, Rusea&rsquo;s showdown Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cornwall--Rusea-s-showdown-Saturday_78437 Rusea&rsquo;s High&rsquo;s Ranaldo Thompson (right) gets the better of Haile Selassie High&rsquo;s Meshach Trupaire in Saturday&rsquo;s first-round FLOW Super Cup competition at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Thompson scored a penalty in his team&rsquo;s 3-0 win. (Photo: Paul Reid) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13385255/236697_63668_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13385254/236698_63669_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, October 27, 2016 2:00 AM Juan-nil http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Juan-nil_78535 MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Juan Mata&rsquo;s second-half strike earned Manchester United a 1-0 win over holders Manchester City yesterday as Jose Mourinho&rsquo;s resurgent side reached the English Football League Cup quarter-finals.<br /> <br /> Humiliated 4-0 by Mourinho&rsquo;s former club Chelsea at the weekend, United got back to winning ways and claimed a measure of revenge for their 2-1 loss to Pep Guardiola&rsquo;s City in last month&rsquo;s league derby.<br /> <br /> The result at Old Trafford gave Mourinho only his third victory in 13 encounters with Guardiola, who has gone six games without victory for the first time in his glittering managerial career.<br /> <br /> United will now entertain West Ham United, who claimed a 2-1 upset win over Chelsea, while Southampton&rsquo;s reward for overcoming Sunderland 1-0 is a trip to Arsenal.<br /> <br /> Mourinho previously won the competition three times at Chelsea and with City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur all falling by the wayside in the fourth round, his path to the final is clearing once again.<br /> <br /> While City remain top of the league, on goal difference, and although Guardiola selected a much weaker team than Mourinho, their early season momentum has deserted them.<br /> <br /> Mourinho used his programme notes to say &ldquo;sorry&rdquo; to United&rsquo;s fans for the result at Chelsea and his decision to make only four changes to his starting XI showed his eagerness to make amends.<br /> <br /> Guardiola, in contrast, made nine changes, notably handing starts to youngsters Pablo Maffeo and Aleix Garcia.<br /> <br /> His side should have gone ahead in the second minute when Kelechi Iheanacho headed over from Jesus Navas&rsquo;s cross and they might have had a penalty when Michael Carrick caught Garcia near the byline.<br /> <br /> With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba both wasteful, United struggled to establish a foothold in City territory and when they did, the visitors&rsquo; defenders were on hand to block. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386343/236935_63846_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 AM Alia Atkinson breaks 50m breaststroke world record in Tokyo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Alia-Atkinson-breaks-50m-breaststroke-world-record-in-Tokyo KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; After coming close to the 50m short course breaststroke world record on several occasions, Jamaica&rsquo;s Alia Atkinson finally achieved the feat when she sped to a blistering 28.64 seconds in the third cluster of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> Atkinson, who had earlier clocked the third fastest qualifying time of 30.01 seconds in the heats, behind Russia&rsquo;s Yulia Efimova (29.87s) and American Molly Hannis (29.93s), turned the tables on her competitors in scintillating fashion.<br /> <br /> The Jamaican shaved 16-hundredths of a second off the previous mark of 28.80 seconds set by American Jessica Hardy in Berlin in 2009, when winning ahead of Efimova (29.19) and Hannis (29.57) in the finals.<br /> <br /> Sherdon Cowan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13207190/197183_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:16 PM Fraser-Pryce, Glen Christian to be conferred Honorary Degrees  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Fraser-Pryce--Glen-Christian-to-be-conferred-Honorary-Degrees KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; Three-time Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Dr Glen Christian are to be conferred with Honorary Degrees from the University of Technology (UTech) next week.<br /> <br /> Christian is the CEO and Chairman of Cari-Med Limited, Kirk Distributors Limited and Federated Pharmaceutical Limited.<br /> <br /> His extraordinary journey in the pharmaceutical industry began in 1971 as a general sales representative with HD Hopwood Limited. <br /> <br /> He established Cari-Med in 1986 with three employees.  Today, Cari-Med is the leading Jamaican distributor of pharmaceutical and consumer goods, with a workforce of over 400 employees. <br /> <br /> The company&rsquo;s pharmaceutical division represents seven of the world&rsquo;s top ten drug companies.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Fraser-Pryce took the sprint world by storm and ascended to prominence at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, when at 21 years old, she became the first Caribbean woman to win 100m gold at the Olympics, running 10.78 seconds. <br /> <br /> In 2012 she successfully defended her 100 m title, becoming the third woman to win two consecutive 100m events at the Olympics.<br /> <br /> Fraser-Pryce and Christian will each receive a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa (Hon LLD) during UTECH&rsquo;s Graduation ceremony to be held on Thursday, November 3 at the National Arena, in Kingston.<br /> <br /> UTech said it is proud to formally honour these two outstanding Jamaicans who have achieved international distinction in their respective fields of endeavor. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13385260/000_DV2107365_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, October 26, 2016 11:56 AM Six-love servings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Six-love-servings_78424 BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com Champions Jamaica College returned to winning ways as they joined Hydel High in registering convincing victories in their respective Group I contests in second-round action of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup competition yesterday.<br /> <br /> Jamaica College blanked Denham Town 6-0 in the feature game of the double-header, after Hydel thrashed St Jago by a similar scoreline in the curtain-raiser at Constant Spring Field.<br /> <br /> A brace from Captain Oquin Robinson in the 20th and 65th minutes, Norman Campbell (23rd), Ronaldo Brown (45th+1), Duhaney Williams (56th), and substitute Orlando Brown (73rd) got the job done for the Old Hope Road-based team.<br /> <br /> Besides a speculative shot way over the cross bar by Kashief Smith shortly after kick-off, Denham Town were denied any decent looks at goal for the remainder of the game, as Jamaica College went rampant, scoring three goals in either half.<br /> <br /> Robinson broke the deadlock from the 12-yard spot after referee Derron Davey awarded a penalty against Kemarley Balls, who, in the course of taking evasive action, handled the ball inside the area.<br /> <br /> The score was doubled three minutes later when Campbell fired a left-footed shot past custodian Brian Bennett from deep inside the area after the defensive unit failed to clear its lines.<br /> <br /> And after camping out in their opponents&rsquo; quarters for a lengthy period, Jamaica College eventually extended the lead through Brown, who once again capitalised on sloppy defending to fire home from the top of the box to make it 3-0 at the break.<br /> <br /> Things fared even worse for the demoralised Denham Town unit 11 minutes on the resumption when Williams calmly tapped the ball over the head of the advancing Bennett, after being supplied with a well-timed pass by Javoy Belnavis.<br /> <br /> Robinson returned to complete a brace nine minutes later, firing home from close range, after which Orlando Brown made an impact three minutes after being inserted when he outpaced two defenders before calmly rolling the ball through the legs of a hapless Bennett to cap off the impressive performance.<br /> <br /> Winning coach Miguel Coley felt it was important for his team to recover from Saturday&rsquo;s FLOW Super Cup defeat and he was pleased with the commanding display.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Yeah, this was definitely a good win; Saturday&rsquo;s loss was a tough one [as] we really didn&rsquo;t want to exit the FLOW Super Cup at that juncture but as champions it was very important that we bounce back and today [and] that is exactly what we did,&rdquo; Coley told the Jamaica Observer in a post-game interview.<br /> <br /> His counterpart Omar Edwards lamented what he considered a soft penalty which dented the spirit of his team.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This was not the type of result we wanted, but after the penalty the team really didn&rsquo;t recover from it and it was really a soft penalty that got JC going, but overall it is a young team and it is a work in progress, so we just have to continue to work hard,&rdquo; Edwards noted.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, in the curtain raiser Hydel stamped their class over St Jago once and for all, as the two renewed their rivalry for the third time this season. Their previous first-round meetings ended with a 1-0 victory for Hydel, while the other ended in a stalemate.<br /> <br /> However, a timid-looking St Jago failed to come to the party in yesterday&rsquo;s one-sided affair and were rightly given the harsh treatment. <br /> <br /> Goals by Nicholas Nelson (22nd), Courton Wright (40th), substitutes Fakibi Farquharson (89th) and Mowaine Meredith (90th) and Kevin Wright (90th+3), along with a 53rd-minute own goal by Jelani Thomas completed the rout.<br /> <br /> Nelson, a former National Under-17 representative, opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Wright was brought down inside the area. The latter returned to add his name to the scoresheet when he struck a sweet left-footed shot from the edge of the 18-yard box to put Hydel 2-0 up at the break.<br /> <br /> The struggling St Jago slipped further behind on the resumption when Brad Tulley&rsquo;s shot from outside the penalty area took a wicked deflection off defender Thomas and sailed past the hapless Akeem Chambers, but referee Wilverglen Lamey ruled it as an own goal.<br /> <br /> This signalled the opening of the flood gates as the next three goals came in quick succession in the latter stages of the contest, with a beautifully struck shot from about 30 yards out by substitute Farquharson in the 89th leading the way.<br /> <br /> Meredith, who was inserted shortly after Farquharson, got in on the act a minute later when he shook off a defender down the left channel before driving home a left-footed shot which left Chambers no chance in goal.<br /> <br /> And Wright rubbed salt in the wounds of their opponents when he fired home from just outside the box in time added.<br /> <br /> Today&rsquo;s schedule<br /> <br /> Group J<br /> <br /> Kingston College vs St Andrew Technical @ Constant Spring Field @ 1:00 pm<br /> <br /> Bridgeport vs Charlie Smith @ Constant Spring Field @ 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383445/236668_63624_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383442/236666_63626_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383444/236667_63625_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:00 AM Associate sponsors excited with FLOW Super Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Associate-sponsors-excited-with-FLOW-Super-Cup_78091 BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com With the increasing popularity and unifying power of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Super Cup Knockout competition, various sponsors have joined the party with one goal in mind.<br /> <br /> Though the innovative competition which pits the best Manning Cup teams against their daCosta Cup counterparts is beneficial in the marketing of products, some sponsors have pointed to youth development as a more significant factor.<br /> <br /> The four-week long ISSA/FLOW Super Cup, now in its third staging, offers schools an opportunity to earn a share of over $2 million in prizes, with the cash incentive being geared towards sports development at the institutions.<br /> <br /> Jermaine Brown, sponsorship and events manager at Wisynco &mdash; the official hydration sponsor for the teams and the official carbonated drink sponsor for the tournament &mdash; believes it was only fitting to throw their brand behind such a positive initiative.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have been a sponsor of Manning and daCosta Cup Under-14 and Under-16 and it is only fitting for us to join along with an innovation such as the Super Cup, and through our brands Bigga and Coca-Cola we are here.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is an awesome initiative by FLOW, partnering with ISSA, and we are here working together towards building football and advancing the youth. There are a lot of negatives in the society, so it is good to have something positive that is coming through right now in showing the youth how to employ discipline in training and studying and the will to move ahead. So it all spells better and we will be here for the foreseeable future,&rdquo; Brown told the Jamaica Observer in a recent interview.<br /> <br /> Dubbed the &ldquo;Champions League of schoolboy football&rdquo;, the heavily marketed spectacle has been hailed as a launching pad towards improving the sport on the local platform.<br /> <br /> This has prompted the Restaurants of Jamaica-owned KFC to come on board for the first time to assist in ensuring that the vibrant tournament continues to chart the course.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The FLOW Super Cup is rightly called the &ldquo;Champions League of schoolboy football&rdquo;; it is one of the best innovations to take schoolboy sports in a long time and we are glad to be a part of it. It is a great initiative by FLOW and it provides a great opportunity for KFC to showcase the brand and assist with the development of sports and the development of youngsters,&rdquo; Andrei Roper, KFC&rsquo;s brand manager, explained.<br /> <br /> Roper added that they will be engaging players and fans as part of their seamless partnership to add to this unique experience and Jamaican excitement. This, he pointed out, will include the KFC Big Deal Moment of the Match, KFC Big Deal Baller of the Week and the KFC golden boot to be awarded to the competition&rsquo;s top scorer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;So KFC will have their stamp in the competition and additionally, when fans go to the matches, we will have our promoters there with giveaways and of course people can win tickets to the matches on social media. So we are going to get involved in a big way,&rdquo; he noted.<br /> <br /> The FLOW Super Cup also provides quality surfaces such as Sabina Park and the National Stadium in Kingston and Catherine Hall Sports Complex in St James to facilitate good football in showcasing the best of Jamaica&rsquo;s young talent.<br /> <br /> And Chrysta Walker, marketing and public relations manager of Huawei, said her company&rsquo;s continued support to garner emerging talent was a no-brainer.<br /> <br /> The multinational company recently signed Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi as their global brand ambassador and will be giving away a signed Huawei jersey from the player.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is our third year being on board and the one thing that Huawei is into and especially for Jamaica, we see Super Cup as the avenue for youth development and the youngsters love it.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The stadiums get really full and persons are eager to get tickets from early, so it only makes sense and it is only fair that we come on board again. The youngsters gravitate towards the competition and it gets them pumped up, because when you go into the schools you can feel the energy leading up to the games,&rdquo; said Walker. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383324/235854_63553_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:00 AM daCosta Cup quarter finals kick off today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/daCosta-Cup-quarter-finals-kick-off-today_78416 BY PAUL A REID Observer writer CLARENDON PARK, Clarendon &mdash; The matchup between former champions Glenmuir High and Cornwall College at Juici Field, in Clarendon Park, could highlight today&rsquo;s opening round of games in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup quarter-finals.<br /> <br /> With just the winners of the four zones advancing to the semi-finals of the daCosta Cup and qualifying for the Ben Francis knockout competiton, all 16 teams, led by defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and including four first-time qualifiers &mdash; Ocho Rio High, Steer Town, Fair Prospect and Little London &mdash; will be seeking to get an early advantage.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College, who come into the game with a 14-game win streak, the best in the country, Clarendon College, Rusea&rsquo;s High and STETHS will all be buoyed by their wins last weekend in the FLOW Super Cup competition, and will hope to build on that as the race for the daCosta Cup intensifies.<br /> <br /> Two years ago, Glenmuir High beat Cornwall College 2-0 when they met in the first game of the quarter-final round and went on to qualify for the semi-finals, topping the zone ahead of the Montego Bay-based school.<br /> <br /> At least five members of the Cornwall College team, including strikers Jourdaine Fletcher and Peter-Lee Vassell &mdash; who have combined for 28 goals so far this season &mdash; played in that game that came days after a tough loss to Jamaica College in the FLOW Super Cup, and will be seeking to atone for that costly loss.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College cruised through the inter-zone round with three wins without conceding a goal, while the Patrick &ldquo;Jackie&rdquo; Walters team had to beat Vere Technical in their final game to secure second place from their group.<br /> <br /> The game will also see a battle of wits between two close friends, Walters and Cornwall College&rsquo;s Dr Dean Weatherly, who is having one of his best seasons in years on the Cornwall sideline.<br /> <br /> Defending champions STETHS, one of five teams that had perfect win records in the inter-zone round, face a Fair Prospect High team that has beaten the odds all season, but will find themselves up against their toughest opponent all season.<br /> <br /> STETHS are coming off a gutsy 4-3 win over a good Holy Trinity team last Saturday, after going behind three times, and should have things much easier today.<br /> <br /> Rusea&rsquo;s High have grown in confidence with each round, and their 3-0 win over Haile Selassie last Saturday could have been their best performance so far, but will face a solid Paul Bogle team that just missed qualifying for the FLOW Super Cup.<br /> <br /> Rusea&rsquo;s have not conceded a goal in their last seven games, while Nazime Matalie and Shawn Bradford have led their scoring drive.<br /> <br /> Dinthill Technical are still perfect in the daCosta Cup and ,after a frustrating loss to Bridgeport High in the Super Cup, will be taking orders from a new coach today after Kevin Williams was let go last weekend.<br /> <br /> Today they could face another big task in the form of Lennon High in the first game of a double-header at the Wembley Centre of Excellence.<br /> <br /> Despite just getting though at both stages in the first round and then in the inter-zone round, Lennon can be dangerous with Christopher Randall leading the way.<br /> <br /> Dinthill, however, are not short of firepower and they will hope there is no repeat of the inept performance against Bridgeport.<br /> <br /> Clarendon College will be flying high after their big win over Jamaica College last weekend and could make it a long, hard day for the debutants Steer Town Academy in the first game at Juici Field.<br /> <br /> Except for a hiccup in the inter-zone round where they were held to a draw by Spalding High and their loss in a first-round game to Lennon, Clarendon have been flawless this season and Creighton Charlton could be seeking to pad his scoring record today.<br /> <br /> Steer Town beat Brimmer Vale 5-0 in their final inter-zone game to edge Port Antonio High, but will face a team several rungs higher than those they faced earlier.<br /> <br /> Ocho Rios have been one of the surprise packages this season, winning their inter-zone round with a perfect run of three wins but were rudely awoken from their dreams last weekend, beaten 6-0 by Excelsior High in the FLOW Super Cup.<br /> <br /> Today they will face a Manchester High team that will be seeking to get back on track for their first title and will be well rested.<br /> <br /> Little London have opened some eyes this season and, despite having to advance from the first round as a best third-placed team, won their inter-zone round before they were beaten in the first round of the Super Cup by Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Today they are up against a Spot Valley High team in a western derby that could produce some fireworks.<br /> <br /> Little London have shown an affinity for attacking football but have let in goals as well.<br /> <br /> In the other game, Vere Technical will seek to continue their good run in the daCosta Cup after just losing to Kingston College 2-1 in the Super Cup, and take on a Petersfield High team that concede the most goals of all 16 qualifiers in the inter-zone round, seven with six coming in their loss to Cornwall College.<br /> <br /> Games today<br /> <br /> &bull; xempmargin;Ocho Rios vs Manchester @ Drax Hall 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> &bull; xempmargin;Clarendon College vs Steer Town @ Juici Field 1:00 pm<br /> <br /> &bull; xempmargin;Glenmuir vs Cornwall @ Juici Field 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> &bull; xempmargin;Spot Valley vs Little London @ Jarrett Park 1:00 pm<br /> <br /> &bull; xempmargin;Rusea&rsquo;s vs Paul Bogle @ Jarrett Park 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> &bull; xempmargin;Lennon vs Dinthill @ Wembley Field 1:00 pm<br /> <br /> &bull; xempmargin;Vere vs Petersfield @ Wembley Field 3:00 pm<br /> <br /> &bull; xempmargin;Fair Prospect vs STETHS @ Lynch Park 3:00 pm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13384476/236652_63586_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13384477/236653_63587_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13384475/236655_63588_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:00 AM Dinthill part company with coach &lsquo;Sense&rsquo; Williams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Dinthill-part-company-with-coach--Sense--Williams_78413 BY PAUL A REID Observer writer LINSTEAD, St Catherine &mdash; A new coach will be in charge this afternoon when former champions and pre-season favourites Dinthill Technical open their account in the quarter-finals of the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition against Lennon High in the first game of a double-header set to start at 1:00 pm at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon.<br /> <br /> The Dinthill Technical management team yesterday confirmed that Kevin &ldquo;Sense&rdquo; Williams had been fired over incidents unrelated to football in Montego Bay over the weekend.<br /> <br /> Up to late yesterday, efforts to find out the identity of the replacement was met with requests for patience as the management team sorted out themselves.<br /> <br /> Everton Burke, a member of the team&rsquo;s management group, yesterday confirmed to the Jamaica Observer that Williams was asked to step down form the position he only accepted earlier this year, but declined to go into any further details, saying only that the decision &ldquo;had nothing to do with football or his coaching abilities&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Burke told the Observer there was &ldquo;an incident following the (FLOW Super Cup game against Bridgeport High) in Montego Bay Boy last Friday and the decision was taken then&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Despite dominating the game, Dinthill Technical lost the Super Cup game 0-1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, their first blemish all season after winning all 12 games played in the daCosta Cup up to then &mdash; one of two teams with perfect win records in the entire island.<br /> <br /> Williams, who has had experience at other schools, including his alma mater Clarendon College, and in the Red Stripe Premier League with Sporting Central Academy, took over the programme this year after Anthony Patrick led them to the final last year, losing 0-1 to St Elizabeth Technical High School, also at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.<br /> <br /> It was not smooth sailing for Patrick last year as after the team got off to a smooth start, unbeaten in their first six games, he hit the skids and he was removed, but later returned and led the team to the deciding game. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13383528/236643_63585_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:00 AM Barbican FC chase 8th women&rsquo;s football title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Barbican-FC-chase-8th-women-s-football-title_78364 The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Sports Development Foundation (SDF) Women&rsquo;s football knockout final between defending champions Barbican FC and first-time finalists GC Foster College FC will continue with second-half play at Drewsland mini-stadium today at 3:00 pm.<br /> <br /> The women&rsquo;s KO final was interrupted by torrential rain at the end of the first 45 minutes of play, at the Spanish Town Oval on Saturday last. The downpour left the entire football area immersed in water that made play impossible. Match officials were then forced to abandon play at the halfway stage due to prevailing conditions.<br /> <br /> Barbican, the Charles Edwards-coached women&rsquo;s team, who have won back-to-back titles over the past five years and are chasing their eighth title overall, were at the time leading GC Foster 2-0 with goals from Shanice McDonald in the 24th minute, and Kenesha Reid with a 45th-minute penalty. <br /> <br /> And in keeping with article 6.8 (a-g) of the JFF/SDF Regulations, the match shall resume at the minute at which play was interrupted and with the same scoreline. The match shall also recommence with the same players on the pitch and substitutes available as when the match was abandoned.<br /> <br /> No additional substitutes may be added to the list of players on the team sheet; the team can only make the number of substitutions to which they were still entitled when the match was abandoned, and players sent off during the abandoned match cannot be replaced and any sanctions imposed before the match was abandoned remain valid for the remainder of the match.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Hurbun Williams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10938806/ball_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:00 AM Herbert Morrison open defence of basketball titles today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Herbert-Morrison-open-defence-of-basketball-titles-today_78419 BOGUE, St James &mdash; Defending champions Herbert Morrison Technical will open the defence of both their Under-16 and Under-19 titles when they host Rhodes Hall and Cornwall College today in the ISSA Western Conferenc basketball competition in Bogue, St James.<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison will take on Rhodes Hall in the Under-16 game before facing Cornwall College, winners of their two games played so far in the Under-19 competition.<br /> <br /> Also today, Spot Valley High will host William Knibb in a double-header.<br /> <br /> On Monday, William Knibb were beaten by Holland High in the Under-16 and by Muschett High in their Under-19 game, both played at William Knibb, while Cornwall College made it two wins from two starts in the Under-19, beating Spot Valley High 55-47.<br /> <br /> Giovanni Bailey scored a game-high 16 points and had 11 rebounds, six steals and five blocked shots for Cornwall College, who took over the lead in the second quarter after the teams ended the first tied at eight-all.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College led 25-22 at the half-time break and just inched further ahead after the third quarter 36-32, as Jerry Galloway scored 14 points to lead the home team.<br /> <br /> At William Knibb, Owen Rodney scored 26 points to lead Holland High to a big 67-22 victory as Shavon Wallace scored 14 points and had 12 steals and eight rebounds, and Kimani Rose scored 18 points and had seven rebounds for William Knibb.<br /> <br /> Although outscoring Muschett High 28-24 in the second half, William Knibb came up just short by seven points, falling 42-49 to their neighbours, despite a game-high 14 points from Sanjae Ewer.<br /> <br /> Rahiem McKenzie scored 12 points for Muschett and Cashwayne Simms scored 10, while Jason Rampasard scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds for William Knibb.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10740009/basketball_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:00 AM Super Cup heads for quarter-final round http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Super-Cup-heads-for-quarter-final-round_78266 Four intriguing quarter-final contests are in store for the second week of the 2016 staging of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Super Cup competition, following an explosive start over the weekend.<br /> <br /> The four-week long tournament dubbed the &ldquo;Champions League of Schoolboy Football&rdquo; remains evenly balanced between the urban and rural area teams, as some 29 goals were scored in the opening round. Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo;, Kingston College, Excelsior and Bridgeport are left carrying the flag for the Corporate Area teams against their rural counterparts.<br /> <br /> Clarendon College, St Elizabeth Technical High School, Cornwall College and Rusea&rsquo;s High are the daCosta Cup teams that are still in with a chance of pocketing the $1-million grand prize and the new, Italian-designed trophy.<br /> <br /> The tournament got under way with high levels of excitement and entertainment on and off the field with vibrant performances by Romaine Virgo and Bugle complementing the games across two venues last Friday and Saturday.<br /> <br /> At Sabina Park, Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; scored a 6-0 win over the unseeded Little London last Friday and will meet Kingston College, who got by Vere Technical 2-1 last Saturday. Excelsior High defeated Ocho Rios High 5-0 last Friday and will oppose Clarendon College, who were the surprise 1-0 winners over former champions Jamaica College in a hard-fought matchup last Saturday. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, over at Catherine Hall, Jourdaine Fletcher scored all three goals as Cornwall College beat Denham Town 3-0 last Friday and booked a date with Rusea&rsquo;s High, who were 3-0 winners over Haile Selassie the following day.<br /> <br /> Carlo Redwood, FLOW&rsquo;s vice-president of marketing and television, is beaming about the prospects of even more entertaining match-ups to come and, by extension, the possibility of more than one rural team getting to the semi-final this year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Fantastic opening round; the thing that you can see is the development of the daCosta Cup teams&hellip;now you see their pedigree coming out. I think I am most excited about the fact that it is still even between both rural and urban teams now versus the last two years. It is the most exciting thing for me,&rdquo; Redwood explained.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The games next week promise to be exciting, some very good matchups with Wolmer&rsquo;s and KC renewing their rivalry in Super Cup, and there is no bigger place to have that type of rivalry. But like I said, all the matchups are looking very good, so I am excited,&rdquo; he added. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11470104/Screenshot_2015-02-01-22-18-43-1_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:00 AM United beat City 1-0 in derby match in English League Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/United-beat-City-1-0-in-derby-match-in-English-League-Cup MANCHESTER, England (AP) &mdash; Jose Mourinho got his own back on great managerial rival Pep Guardiola as Manchester United beat a weakened Manchester City 1-0 in the fourth round of the English League Cup on Wednesday, with Juan Mata scoring a second-half winner.<br /> <br /> Six weeks after City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the Premier League, United got a measure of revenge as Mourinho's decision to play a virtually full-strength team paid off.<br /> <br /> Mata fired home from 10 metres in the 54th minute following a lay-off by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, ensuring City is now winless in six games under Guardiola &mdash; the worst run of the Spaniard's distinguished coaching career. Guardiola rested most of his key players, starting two 19-year-olds among his fringe players, and City faded after a decent start.<br /> <br /> It was Mourinho's fourth win in 18 meetings with Guardiola and an important victory psychologically for United, coming three days after a 4-0 loss to Chelsea in the Premier League &mdash; Mourinho's heaviest loss in English soccer.<br /> <br /> The titleholders are out &mdash; although Guardiola said the League Cup was the least of his priorities this season and that was reflected in his starting lineup. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13386121/Man-U-Mata-celebrates_AP_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, October 26, 2016 4:44 PM