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Cavalier’s captain, Chevone Marsh, praised the newcomers to the team. “It was a wonderful performance from the lads, especially Cleon Pryce and Aldaine Grant. Both came in and delivered two good goals,” Marsh said. “We have been poor in front of goal in our first 17 games, with only seven goals, but in the last two games, we have scored seven to double the tally. With the new attackers in the team, I am expecting better things to come,” he added. The captain is looking forward to the team moving up the table, and also said that the aim is to make the last four and take it from there. Meanwhile, coach of Boys’ Town Andrew Price said his team appeared to still be in the holiday mood. “We look very disinterested today. We played lethargic. A lot of players played without energy. We seemed to be still at New Year’s ball, and as a result, I didn’t really see any effort from the team today. For the first 20 minutes, we bossed the game, but after, that we did not give much effort,” Price said. Praises Cavalier’s early shopping in the transfer window paid dividends as two of the new recruits netted in their 3-0 win against Boys’ Town in the Red Stripe Premier League at Stadium East yesterday. Cleon Pryce and substitute Aldaine Grant, who moved from Portmore United, were on the score sheet in their first game for Cavalier. Pryce, who started the game, scored in the 80th minute, and Grant, who came off the bench in the 67th minute, scored 14 minutes later. Before that, Jason ‘Nesta’ Watson opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 21st minute. Cavalier started slowly but came into their own and dominated the game courtesy of captain Chevonne ‘Messi’ Marsh, Dawyne Smith, Pryce, Jeffrey Henry, and Jason Watson, who all looked impressive in attack. On the other hand, Boys’ Town started well, but a penalty awarded to Cavalier seemed to break the spirit of the team. The home side pushed to 21 points, while Boys’ Town remained on 25 points in the 12-team league standings. Pryce, who had an outstanding game as he troubled the Boys’ Town’s backline with pace and dribbling skill, was elated that he helped his new club with a well-deserved victory. “Well, I am happy to score and pleased with the team’s performance today (yesterday),” Pryce told The Gleaner after the game. “I think it was a good move for me to move from Portmore to Cavalier. I just feel like to make a change in order to get more playing time,” he said about his move to Cavalier. read more
GAINING EXPERIENCE “From that point, we set the goal of using various competitions to gain experience, so I would be in a realistic position to qualify a spot for the 2016 Olympic Games,” he shared. Qualify he did. As the youngster pointed out, it did not come without its fair share of challenges and sacrifices. “This process, especially in the last four years, has required much sacrifice, particularly of my socialising time, lots of commitment and discipline,” Knight-Wisdom said. One of his biggest challenges have been to balance his Olympic dream with his studies at Leeds Beckett University from where he is expected to graduate this summer. Knight-Wisdom said he is looking forward to continuing his preparation ahead of the Games, where he will be going headfirst towards his ambitions to represent the country to the best of his ability. “I aim to enjoy the experience as much as possible because it’s not often you get to go to an Olympic Games. But in the competition, just giving 100 per cent diving, to the best of my ability, and representing Jamaica as well as I can over my six dives,” he said. Diving events at the 2016 Olympic Games will take place August 7-19 at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre. After raising his head above water following his final dive on Sunday at the biennial Diving World Cup – an Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro – the next few seconds seemed like an eternity for Jamaica’s three-metre springboard representative, Yona Knight-Wisdom. The electronic scoreboard flickered to life and his tally for six dives was scored at 397.90 points. That wasn’t only enough to get him the 17th-place spot in the standings, but also one of 18 semi-final spots – a guarantee of a place on the platform at this year’s Olympic Games. The usually reserved diver burst into tears as confirmation came that he would be heading back to Brazil this summer to represent Jamaica in the three-metre springboard diving competition, at the same facility that he competed last weekend. It’s an accomplishment that the 20-year-old, who will become the island’s first Olympic diver, hopes will inspire the nation as he looks forward to the August 5-21 Games. “I think that it should inspire people to try new things. Don’t be limited to what is normal and what is safe. Don’t be afraid to go against the odds. I am a 190-cm tall, 90-kg heavy, black diver. Watch a diving event and that is not something you will see very often. I’ve gone against the odds, with the faith and support of my family, coaches and teammates, and I’ve succeeded,” he told The Gleaner in an interview shortly after his qualification. “I think the history of it will really sink in during the Games. Right now, I’m concentrating on today’s (yesterday’s) semi-final and still worrying about the dissertation I have to write and hand in on the 27th of April. All the messages of congratulations and support have made it feel incredible,” he added. Born in England, Knight-Wisdom began diving in 2004 after being spotted through a talent-identification programme. “I remember watching the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, just after I got involved in the sport, and saw Leon Taylor and Peter Waterfield win a silver medal for Great Britain in the 10-metre synchro. From that point, it was always my dream to compete in an Olympic Games,” he noted. After struggling to break into the British team, Knight-Wisdom took the advice of his coach to represent one of his parents’ countries of birth. He decided to don the colours of his father’s country, and first represented Jamaica in 2012. read more
Fouled after the break Defending champion Jamaica College (JC) and Wolmer’s both stayed in contention for a place in the semi-finals of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup following wins over Vauxhall and Holy Trinity, respectively, in Group H at the Constant Spring field yesterday. Delano Smith’s added-time goal helped Wolmer’s survive an early scare to come from behind to beat Holy Trinity 2-1. Kashaun Smith (33rd) equalised for Wolmer’s, after Phillip Graves gave Holy Trinity the lead on 31 minutes. In the other game, 10-man Jamaica College, on the back of Donovan Dawkins’ late double (62 & 88), saw off Vauxhall 3-0. The champions were reduced to 10 players when Ajanica Talbott was red-carded in the 43rd minute after denying Tyane Wilson a clear goal-scoring opportunity. But Ronaldo Brown gave JC the lead when he converted from the penalty spot after Khori Edmond was fouled in the area minutes after the break. The results leave Wolmer’s atop the group with maximum six points with one round of games to go. They are followed by Jamaica College on four points. Holy Trinity have one point and Vauxhall none. Wolmer’s and Jamaica College will meet in the final group game on Monday at the same venue to decide who gets the top spot from the group. Although Jamaica College only got their goals after going a man down, coach Miguel Coley thought they were better throughout the contest and deserved the victory. “It wasn’t a matter of getting better, it was about the fact that we started scoring. We had 11 chances in the first half, and in the second-half also we hit the bar twice before we scored. “So we are playing good football and creating the most chances in the Manning Cup, but we are not converting them,” he said. Wolmer’s coach Vassell Reynolds said he anticipated that they would have a very tough day. “It was a crucial win although we left it late. We started poorly and let in an early goal, but we got back the equaliser in short order. It was a risky game, but we created enough chances to put away the game,” he insisted. – Click the link below for more Schoolboy Football photos. http://jamaica-gleaner.com/myreport/schoolboy#mid=&offset=&page=&s= read more