Messam Jr makes perfect fit for St George’s

first_imgGregory Messam Jr has been given the responsibility of spearheading St George’s College’s attack this FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup season, and the second-generation national footballer started the campaign with a bang, as he led the North Street-based school with a hat-trick in their 9-0 rout against Kingston Technical High School (KTHS) in their opening Group C game at Winchester Park yesterday.St George’s only scored one goal in the first half.Messam Jr netted in the 21st, 57th and 64thminutes, while Alex Marshall got a brace (90, 90+7) and Shevon Stewart (59th), Jevoun McKellar (68th) and Stephen Gilzene (90+6) one each.Kingston Technical were reduced to 10 players when Dejeun Hayle was red-carded midway the second half.Last season, Messam Jr played on the flank with much success, but, according to assistant coach Marcel Gayle, the departure of central striker Amoy Brown left a big void, and Messam Jr was the obvious replacement.testimony of ability”He is a fantastic player, a kid every coach would want in their team,” Gayle commented. “But we were looking for a number nine, and we were looking, looking, and he was right in front us, and today is testimony of his ability.”I hope he can get a hat-trick every game, even though that’s not possible. I hope he gets better as the competition goes on,” he added.The star-studded St George’s, which boast players like Paul Young Jr, Gilzene, Dominic James, Stewart, Marshall, McKellar, and Messam, controlled the game from the start, but wasted countless opportunities to go ahead until Messam capitalised on a pass from Marshall to put the hosts ahead 1-0.After the interval, the Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-coached team ran riot, and two early strikes sealed Messam’s three-timer. His second-half goals were sandwich by a Stewart strike, which was followed by another from McKellar.Kingston Technical were reduced to 10 men when Hayle saw red for handball, when the ball appeared to come off his face.Stewart added two late goals, and Gilzene netted in between his strikes to seal the biggest win of the schoolboy football season thus far.In other Group C games, Innswood stopped Ardenne 2-0 with goals from Akeem Gibbons and Steve Harris, while Denham Town edged Eltham 1-0.In Group B, Greater Portmore held Hydel to a 1-1 draw, Dunoon edged Haile Selassie 1-0, while Papine drew 1-1 with eight-man Cumberland.In Group F, Excelsior beat Ascot 4-0, Jonathan Grant turned back Norman Manley 3-2 with a brace from Geovanni Shorter, and Vauxhall defeated Spanish Town 2-0.Yesterday’s ResultsGroup BPortmore 1 Hydel 1Dunoon 1 Haile Selassie 0Papine 1 Cumberland 1Group CSt George’s 9 KTHS 0Innswood 2 Ardenne 0Denham Town 1 Eltham 0Group FExcelsior 4 Ascot 0Jonathan Grant 3 Norman Manley 2Vauxhall 2 Spanish Town 0Today’s gamesGroup DPenwood vs Charlie SmithSt Mary’s College vs STATHSGroup EKingston High vs BridgeportSt Jago vs MonaGroup GJose Marti vs CampionCamperdown vs WaterfordAll games start at 3:30.pm.last_img read more

Licona to play at Chico State in 2018

first_imgFormer Fortuna and College of the Redwoods standout Samuel Licona became the latest soccer player from the North Coast to sign a letter of intent to play at Chico State in 2018.Licona, a two-year starter at CR, joins longtime teammate Miguel Ramirez, another Fortuna and CR star who will play at Chico this fall.“It goes to show that our program has potential,” CR head coach Pedro Cortes-Garcia said.Licona joins a Wildcats program that went 10-6-2 in 2017 and 8-2-2 in the California Collegiate …last_img read more

Rally seeks restoration of Internet services in Darjeeling

first_imgActivists of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and other hill parties on Thursday held a demonstration outside the district magistrate’s office in Darjeeling, demanding the restoration of Internet services, which reain suspended for the past 32 days.There were no incidents of violence or arson since Wednesday night as the indefinite shutdown in the hills entered the 36th day on Thursday.Some political activists dressed in traditional Nepali attire took out rallies in the morning.Police and security forces patrolled the streets and kept a tight vigil at every entry and exit points.All shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges remained closed but pharmacies were open.last_img read more

Blackwater ‘no plans’ of trading newest star Ray Parks

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Elite finished dead last in the standings in the Philippine Cup, winning only two of the possible 11 and Parks would be very much welcome addition to the team.’READ: Blackwater draft pick Ray Parks still pondering future The 41-year-old Dimaunahan has nothing but high praise for Parks, whom the first-time coach doesn’t regard as a rookie even though technically he still is due to his vast playing experience.Dimaunahan, a former PBA veteran who was drafted by Ginebra in 2002, also thinks Parks’ winning pedigree would be of great help to the Elite, who are hoping for a fresh start after years of languishing at the bottom.“The winner that he is. We’re expecting him to bring it here to our team, That’s what we’re in need of plus his athleticism and his leadership. We expect that from him because we’re a young team and need every support that we could get,” Dimaunahan said.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Comeback Cavs! A year after pain, Virginia gets its NCAA title Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ray Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan said the Elite have no plans of trading Ray Parks despite reports that came out four months ago that the versatile guard is part of a three-team deal.Parks, who was selected second overall by the Elite in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, signed a one year deal Tuesday but has yet to join the team in practice.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “He’ll be a huge part of the team. Basically, he’s a rookie on paper but with his experience he’s not a rookie anymore.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Dimaunahan, however, assured that Parks will be making his PBA debut for Blackwater starting the Commissioner’s Cup next month.READ: Ray Parks signs with Blackwater EliteFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“As far as I know he will play for us,” Dimaunahan said Monday after wrapping up his first practice as head coach. “That’s what I’ve been told by my superiors.”“Boss Dioseldo said it loud and clear that we’re not trading Ray Ray Parks and we want this team to be more competitive in the coming conference so I don’t think we’re going to trade him,” he added, referring to Blackwater team owner Dioseldo Sy. View commentslast_img read more