WESTERN BUREAU:”We can run with the fastest of them, we can play hard with the toughest of them, and still outscore the best of them,” warns hot Montego Bay United (MBU) striker Owayne Gordon, following another two goal blast that extended MBU’s lead atop the Red Stripe Premier League to five points.MBU registered a 2-0 win on Thursday night over Tivoli Gardens in a rescheduled fixture at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.The double gives Gordon four goals in two consecutive matches and thirteen in all for the season, just one goal behind out-of-action teammate Dino Williams (14) at the top of the goalscoring chart. Williams, who was spotted at Thursday’s match has inked a deal to play in the US for the remainder of the season.Gordon opened the scoring for MBU in the 32nd minute from a direct long kick from goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett.The ball took one bounce and Gordon used his speed to get by two defenders before employing a majestic chip over the advancing Davin Watkins in goal for Tivoli.His second was a superb effort from a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area in the 81st minute of play to seal victory for the title chasers, who now move five points clear of champions Arnett Gardens FC (49 pts) to be on 54 pts.The leaders were tasting victory for a fourth consecutive time in five matches and Gordon believes it will only get better from here.”The team is playing really well at the moment and with me scoring the goals, I think we are on our way to another title.”I am a confident player and right now I am feeling good. I hope my goals will take us to the Premiership title and that is all I want,” reasoned Gordon, who is emerging as MBU’s top goal getter in the absence of Williams.He enjoyed a good outing, but had to dig deep as the game became a physical affair. Both teams had their players flying into crunching tackles and both ended with 10 players after referee Danion Parchment issued red cards for dangerous tackles.MBU defender John Barrett was sent off with a straight red in the 45th minute, while Tivoli suffered the same fate in the 88th minute, when Romaine Breakenridge committed a second bookable offence.Tivoli remain just above the bottom two (Rivoli 22 pts and Waterhouse FC 21 pts). They have 29 points with the defeat that snapped their two-game mini-streak.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): No room has been found for all-rounders Shaquana Quintyne and Shemaine Campbelle in a 13-member West Indies Women’s squad announced on Saturday for the one-day international (ODI) series against Pakistan starting later this month. The 19-year-old Quintyne, who captained Barbados to the regional 50-overs tournament in August, is one of five players failing to make the final cut, along with Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack and Vanessa Watts. Selectors had called up 18 players to the ongoing camp in St Lucia, which began last month. A leg-spinner and a capable right-handed batter, Quintyne has taken 26 wickets in 29 ODIs and 31 wickets from 33 Twenty20s, but has not suited up for West Indies in nearly a year. During the regional tournament, however, she was good enough to average 46, while taking four wickets. The 22-year-old Campbelle, meanwhile, is a seasoned campaigner, having played 61 ODIs and 68 T20s, since making her debut six years ago. She has a century – 105 against Sri Lanka two years ago – and has taken 21 wickets with her medium pace. The squad, which is led by new captain Stafanie Taylor, includes former skipper Merissa Aguilleira along with twins, Kycia and Kyshona Knight. The players will remain in camp, which started earlier this month in St Lucia, before facing Pakistan in the first of four day/night ODIs next Friday at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium. West Indies will also take on the Pakistanis in three T20s in Grenada, starting October 29. SQUAD: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Shakera Selman (vice-captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Tremayne Smartt.
Defending FLOW Super Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) will get their title defence under way against Vere Technical in a jam-packed opening weekend, spanning three venues and eight games.JC, which earlier this week suffered a penalty shoot-out loss to Wolmer’s Boys in the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup competition, will be looking to ensure that they take better care of one of the three titles that they won last season along with the Manning Cup and Olivier Shield competitions, and will face a motivated Vere Technical at the National Stadium tomorrow at 6 p.m.That game will be preceded by Walker Cup semi-finalists St Jago’s showdown with St Elizabeth’s Lacovia High.DaCosta Cup champions Clarendon College were eliminated on penalties by last year’s beaten FLOW Super Cup finalists Holy Trinity in the first round of the competition and they will be desperate to have a bigger impact in the competition this year, when they play Hydel in the first of three games at Sabina Park at 2 p.m.Also at Sabina Park, Walker Cup finalists Wolmer’s Boys – semi-finalists last year – will play Port Antonio High at 4 p.m. with St George’s College, who also booked their spot in the Walker Cup final, will take their first stride in the tournament when they play Petersfield in the curtain-closer at 6 p.m.At Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, Glenmuir High will play Kingston College in the first of three games with a 2 p.m. kick-off, with St Elizabeth Technical facing Charlie Smith at 4 p.m. and local team St James High welcoming Excelsior High at 6 p.m.contested by 16 teamsThe second instalment of the FLOW Super Cup is being contested by 16 teams – eight each from the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions, with a $1-million jackpot and a new Italian-crafted trophy awaiting the eventual winners.Each team will get $25,000 for contesting the first round, and an additional $50,000 for advancing to the quarter-finals, with the four semi-finalists each set to receive another $100,000.Each finalist will be paid $200,000, with the winners pocketing a further $625,000 for a total cash prize of $1 million.The draw for this year’s FLOW Super Cup took place at the Creative Production and Training Centre yesterday.