Football

Meltdown

Jamaica’s Under -17 goalkeeper, Tajay Griffiths was brilliant in the match yesterday against the USA, despite the 0-5 defeat.

PANAMA CITY, Panama — In a second-half meltdown, Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Boyz crashed 0-5 to the USA in their opening World Cup-qualifying CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Group C game at the Estadio Maracana here yesterday. The USA goal spree was led by Ayo Akinola with a brace (88th & ... Read More

Tivoli Gardens central midfielder Marvin Stewart makes a lunging tackle in midfield to stop Portmore United striker Ricardo Morris. also in picture is Michily Waul. (Photo: Dwayne Richards) Ten-man Tivoli hold Portmore in RSPL first-leg quarter-final
Ten-man Tivoli Gardens held Portmore United to a 1-1 draw in their first leg quarter-final match in ... Read More

Lionel Messi scored the winner and his 500th goal for Barcelona in the El Clasico match yesterday. (Photo: AFP) Messi hits Barca 500 with last gasp El Clasico winner
MADRID, Spain (AFP) —Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the ga ... Read More

Alexis Sanchez runs away in celebration after scoring the goal which carried Arsenal to the final of the FA Cup. (Photo: AFP) Sanchez caps Arsenal fightback
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal an FA Cup final showdown with Che ... Read More

U-17 Boyz finally get chance to test themselves against Americans

SEAN WILLIAMS WITH THE REGGAE BOYZ FOR U-17 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION in Panama City | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Boyz get ready for their big clash against the USA today.

PANAMA CITY, Panama — It’s the moment of truth. Jamaica’s Young Reggae Boyz will finally have the chance to truly test their overall state of readiness for their push for World Cup qualification when they take on nemesis USA in their opening Group C game of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship at the Estadio Maracana today. Match time is 12:30 pm, the same as Jamaica. In the other group fixture of a double-header, Mexico will go up against El Salvador at 3:00 pm. Jamaica head c ... Read More

Late bloomers look to shine on World Cup quest

SEAN WILLIAMS DEPUTY Sport Editor with the u-17 Reggae Boyz Reporting from Panama | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Sean Williams

PANAMA CITY, Panama — Six months ago they never imagined they would be here. But by hard work, perseverance and a dream they pulled it off. Just as the door was about to swing shut, Clarendon College’s Ricardo McIntosh, Denham Town High’s Jermaine Lyons, Little London High’s Shane Ricketts, and Vauxhall High’s Akeem Mullings came barging in. They were determined that their story was never going to end in a case of “too little, too late”. The quartet re ... Read More

Under-17 forward Raewin Senior shoots for team spirit over self

Sunday, April 23, 2017    

SENIOR...I think the team is ready and is in a positive frame of mind and we just have to be confident going for it. (Photo: Sean Williams)

PANAMA CITY, Panama — Raewin Senior is not only lacing up to make sure he gets those vital goals for Jamaica, but more importantly, to “have a good tournament”. His personal goals are those of the team. “I have not set any targets; I am just looking forward to a good tournament,” said the Jamaican striker yesterday, a day ahead of his team’s testy opening match against the USA in the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship underway here. Senior, 16, who figured pro ... Read More

No ‘Teddy’ as Tivoli face Portmore in Premier League play-offs

BY HOWARD WALKER Senior staff reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Jermaine “Teddy” Johnson (foreground) in action for Tivoli Gardens in the Red Stripe Premier League.

Fresh from winning the KSAFA Jackie Bell title, Tivoli Gardens turn their attention to Portmore United in the first leg of their Red Stripe Premier League quarter-final play-off at the Edward Seaga Complex starting at 3:00 pm. Both teams will be hunting a spot in the semi-finals where Humble Lion and the University of the West Indies (UWI) — the top two teams in the preliminary round — are already waiting. The second quarter-final playoff match-up will see champions Montego Bay Un ... Read More

Hazard fires Chelsea into FA Cup final

Sunday, April 23, 2017    

Chelsea’s Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates scoring Chelsea’s third goal during the FA Cup semi-final match against Tottenham at Wembley stadium in London yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Eden Hazard fired Chelsea into the FA Cup final as the Belgian’s blistering strike ensured Antonio Conte’s selection gamble paid off in his side’s dramatic 4-2 win over Tottenham yesterday. Blues boss Conte sprang a major surprise by starting with Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench in the Wembley semi-final, as he looked ahead to the Premier League leaders’ vital fixture against Southampton on Tuesday. But Conte’s bold moves p ... Read More

Real, Atletico Madrid renew Champions League hostilities

Saturday, April 22, 2017    

NYON, Switzerland (AFP) — Holders Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals as the rivals do battle once more and French surprise-package Monaco take on Juventus, following the draw yesterday. The all-Madrid showdown is a re-run of the 2014 and 2016 finals in Europe’s top club competition, with a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real victorious on both occasions in cagey affairs that they failed to settle after 90 minutes each time. Real — aiming to beco ... Read More

Intriguing action today in Trelawny football league

Saturday, April 22, 2017    

DAVIS PEN, Trelawny — Semi-final aspirants, Salt Marsh United and Bacca Star United will meet at Davis Pen this afternoon in a crucial Trelawny Football Association/ Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League third-round, cross-zone game set to start at 3:30 pm. Bacca Star United are in third place on 28 points and are coming off an upset loss to Rio Bueno earlier this week, while Salt Marsh United are in fifth place on 26 points. Also, today Rio Bueno FC will seek to continue their upward mov ... Read More

Tivoli blank Cavalier to lift Jackie Bell title

DWAYNE RICHARDS Observer writer | Friday, April 21, 2017    

Members of the Tivoli Gardens team celebrate after collecting the winning trophy from KSAFA president Wayne Shaw (second left) and Michael Collins (left), sales development and training specialist at the sponsors JN Bank. (Joseph Wellington)

Tivoli Gardens FC scored a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Cavalier SC in the final of the JN Visa/KSAFA Jackie Bell knockout competition at the Constant Spring Field Wednesday night and secured their fifth hold on the trophy. Tivoli Gardens who walked away with $400,000 and the top knockout corporate area trophy, had previous successes in 1993-1994, 2003-2004, 2008-2009 and 2013-14 and sit behind Arnett Gardens and Harbour View with six titles each. After missing a ninth-minute penalty, Peter ... Read More

Ibrahimovic blow mars Man Utd’s Europa progress

Friday, April 21, 2017    

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford shoots to score their second goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final second-leg football match against Anderlecht at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Manchester United reached the Europa League semi-finals for the first time after beating Anderlecht 2-1 yesterday, but at the cost of a potentially serious injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The talismanic Swede, 35, had to go off after damaging his right knee late in the game at Old Trafford and may not play again this season, while United also lost centre-back Marcos Rojo. United prevailed courtesy of an extra-time strike by Marcus Rashford, which secured ... Read More

Wadadah FC tackle Sandals South Coast in crucial Confed semis

Thursday, April 20, 2017    

Wadadah FC’s Kimani Russell (right) leads the charge in a recent Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley’s JB Rum Super League third-round game against Clark’s Town at Jarrett Park. Wadadah FC won the game 2-0. (Photo: Paul Reid)

FROME, Westmoreland - Former champions Wadadah FC will hope their late-season form will continue on the weekend when they take on title favourites Sandals South Coast in the second game of the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charley’s JB Rum Super League semi-final double-header at Frome on Saturday. Last season Sandals South Coast beat Wadadah FC in their two-way semi-final play-off on their way to the final. The St James club are hoping to gain revenge this season. In ... Read More



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