Manchester youth impress against national team A select Manchester Youth squad, which included both Under-17 and Under-20 players, defeated a Jamaica national preliminary Under-17 team 1-0 at Brooks Park last week Sunday. Geo Rochester grabbed the spotlight, scoring what would turn out to be the only strike of the match. Interestingly, the national Under-17 team fielded Manchester player Daniel Russell in goal for the first half. Another Manchester youth team, which fielded slightly older players than those who participated in the first friendly, also impressed but went down 0-1 to the national under-20 team. According to FA president Dalton Wint the games were organised to keep the Manchester youth motivated as well as to expose others to the national youth set-up. The Manchester FA currently runs sponsored age-group competitions for Under-13, 15, and 17. Judgement Yard win Cumberland six-a-side Brothers Mark and Matthew Newsome both scored goals as Judgement Yard defeated Bread Winners Association 2-0 in the final to lift the Cumberland six-a-side football competition on Labour Day, Monday May 23, at Sector C playing field in Cumberland. Mark Newsome is a former Premier League player for Boys’ Town and Rivoli United. There were other players such as Damarlie Williams, who was also instrumental in their team’s success. The winning trophy was donated and handed over by Renair Benjamin, councillor for the Westchester Division. The winning team also pocketed $15,000, while Tsahai Rose, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor for the Westchester Division, handed over the second-place trophy to Bread Winners. Christopher Cunningham of Judgement Yard was named the Most Valuable Player and Peter Keyes of Bread Winners copped the top goalscorer award. The sports day also featured various activities, inclusive of netball and running. C4 International offered the musical presentation. While Claim to Fame Promotions, organisers of the event, says their intention is to “drive home a heath and wellness lifestyle in their community”. Villa, Porus in CanCare U-15 final today Villa United and Porus will contest today’s CanCare Pharmacy/Manchester Football Association Under-15 final at the Brooks Park Complex. Match time 4 p.m. Both teams were impressive in their respective semi-finals earlier this week. Villa United defeated 360 Degrees 4-1. Following his exploits in the quarter-finals against Comfort, Mushtaq Christopher has emerged the hat-trick man, netting another after scoring in the 36th, 47th and 52nd minutes. Antonio Ward scored the first goal for Villa in the 24th minute. Despite scoring the first goal of the match, Nicholas Bennett’s effort proved only consolatory for 360 Degrees. Porus FC, the most impressive team of the preliminary round, continued their rampaging ways, handing Belair Academy a 5-0 defeat. Like Christopher did for Villa, Jahmar Bolt scored a hat-trick (31st, 50th, 70th) to set up Porus’ big win. Javel Coley scored a brace, netting in the fifth and 40th minutes. Church football, netball to begin soon Churches desirous of entering this year’s Power of Faith Ministries netball and football competitions are asked to attend a very important meeting at the Power of Faith Multi-Purpose Complex this evening at 6:30 p.m. Last year, first-timers Fair View Open Bible from Spanish Town lifted the football title, while Power of Faith Ministries A copped the netball crown. INSPORTS/Portmore Little League football Defending champions Waterford Infant won their second game of the season as they blanked Harvest Temple Basic 3-0 through goals via Amani Evans (first minute), Aaron McKnight (11th), and Ja’Quan Stewart (30th) in last Thursday’s round of matches in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Little League football competition at the Ferdie Neita Park Sports Complex. With the win, Waterford Infant are now joint leaders of Zone One alongside Harvest Temple, who also have six points. In another game in the zone, Ascot (five points) drew 1-1 with Greater Portmore (five). In Zone Two, co-leaders Sabina (11) clipped Child Plus 1-0, Waterford Development (11) beat Kensington Basic 1-0, and Gregory Park and Aintree drew 1-1. Mandeville to welcome island’s best shooters The parish of Manchester, in particular the Mandeville-based Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC), will host its biggest professional practical shooting match at its Lincoln Range tomorrow. The event is endorsed and jointly organised by the Jamaica Rifle Association, which will be employing stages and rules of the international body for practical shooting, IPSC. The hosting of the match at MRPC is considered an important development in the relations with the MRPC and club president Orville Henriques. With the JRA’s involvement, MRPC will welcome its biggest and highest-profiled event. It is believed that the best ranked shooters will make the trip for the one-day event. The anticipated line-up means that for the first time in three years, Henriques, who is ranked number three in the island, will face his biggest competition at the Lincoln Range. The match is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start, but the range will be open for practice from 8:30 a.m. There is an admission fee and food, as well as ammunition, which will be on sale. Davis leads another Jamalco netball triumph The queens of Clarendon netball, Jamalco, asserted their dominance on the Jamalco-sponsored Open League when they defeated long-time rivals Cable Pro (formerly Windalco) 32-25 at the Mineral Heights Sporting Complex on Sunday. Jamalco’s victory was again shepherded by their veteran goalshooter and retired national player Elaine Davis. Davis who, despite being hustled by much younger players, worked her way smartly around the hoop to net 26 of 31 attempts. She played all four quarters as Jamalco led all the way. From a strong 10-3 start at the end of the first quarter, Jamalco’s surge was never in doubt as they led 19-8 at the end of the second quarter and 25-17 at the end of the third. Team R of Mandeville secured third place in the competition after narrowly edging last year’s beaten finalists, Hayes, 32-31. Denbigh beat Holmwood in Jamalco Open In a departure from previous years, this year’s Jamalco Open featured a consolation final, which pitted annual Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) Senior League rural rivals Denbigh and Holmwood Technical as the curtain-raiser to the grand final between Jamalco and Cable Pro. Holmwood won the contest when the two last met in an ISSA final, but Denbigh showed they were the most improved team at this stage with an impressive 31-18 win. Both teams featured among their ranks one player each from the Jamaica national team, which was crowned regional champions earlier this year in Barbados. However, it was Denbigh’s national player, Zandria Cohen, playing at goal attack, that made the crucial difference. Cohen provided excellent support and service to goalshooter Moya Manning, who converted 23 of 29 attempts. Following a closely fought first quarter, which ended 9-6 in favour of Denbigh, the next three quarters were lopsided. Denbigh climbed to 15-8 after the second quarter to a decisive 24-13 at the end of the third. Hayes All Stars defeated Glenmuir 37-29 in the consolation third place play-off.