January 20

Familiar foes, same venue – STETHS, Lennon clash again

first_img FIFTH FINAL A win today for STETHS would land them in a fifth successive daCosta Cup final, but it would mean much more if they stop Lennon of all the other teams from advancing. “We have the players to do the job. We lost the knockout title to them, but we will not surrender the daCosta Cup. We gave ourselves a target, a mission, which is to defend our crown. We are just two games away from doing so,” added Wedderburn. Without top scorer Jovoney Brown (foot injury), it will be up to the likes of Glendo Gopaul, Alex Thompson, Demar James and Chris-Andrew Dixon to deliver. Meanwhile, for Lennon, it’s a simple equation. Keep James, Thompson and Dixon quiet, play hard and compact in defence, and take their chances. Last year, Lennon fell at this stage, but buoyed by their recent success, it is expected they will be up for this semi-final. “We are hoping to defeat STETHS again and take our place in the final. I believe we can do it for our school and the community,” said captain Fitzroy Cummings. Lennon’s head coach Merron Gordon is confident his team can deliver another stinging loss on STETHS, but warned his players about being complacent. “We have STETHS to deal with for a place in the final. I can tell you, we are prepared for it. Lifting the KO trophy was a great taste of victory. Now we want the big one,” Gordon reasoned. The reliable Cummings, Kwesi Watts, Tavis Grant and the brilliant goalkeeping of Tyrone Mullings make this Lennon team formidable opponents. WESTERN BUREAU: Losing the Ben Francis Knockout (KO) title stung hard, but the sting may just be what defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) needed to keep their minds firmly focused on holding on to the prized ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup. However, Lennon, still high after stopping the STETHS knockout juggernaut reaching a record seven-straight, will, no doubt, have something to say about it when the two meet in what is expected to be another tense affair in this afternoon’s 2016 daCosta Cup schoolboy football semi-final. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. at Manchester High School. This is a competition that the STETHS players and, indeed, their coach Omar Wedderburn will admit, is the big one, and they will be ready and waiting to deny Lennon any chance of denying them a return to championship game. “All my players are up and ready. This is why we play the game of football. I made no bones about how significantly important this daCosta Cup title is to us. We are going out there to win and move into the final,” said Wedderburn in his characteristically confident tone.last_img read more

December 25

SO CLOSE BUT HISTORY-MAKER JASON DOES US PROUD WITH WORLD SILVER MEDAL

first_imgJASON Quigley has done Donegal and Ireland proud today – making history by taking a world championship silver medal.The Donegal boxer lost out to Zhanibek Alimkhanuly for the Middleweight World Title on his home turf in Kazaksthan in today’s final.Ballybofey’s Jason tried his best in front of the partisan crowd. But he can hold his head high after a stunning performance against a superb boxer.Jason was knocked to the ground half way through the first round and had to take a standing 8-second count.All three judges gave the first round to Alimkhanuly.Jason came storming out for the second round catching the Kazak with a great right to the head. Both fighters traded hard blows in a pulsating second round – and it continued into the third.The judges however gave the fight to the home town boy.Jason can hold his head high – he has done Donegal and Ireland proud today.Back home a huge crowd gathered at the Finn Valley centre to watch the fight.Everyone in Donegal is proud today of Jason. And there will be a celebration for his homecoming tomorrow night.SO CLOSE BUT HISTORY-MAKER JASON DOES US PROUD WITH WORLD SILVER MEDAL was last modified: October 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:boxingJason Quigleylast_img read more