D-day for some in daCosta Cup

first_imgWestern Bureau:It’s crunch time for the three teams in contention for the top places in Group E of the 2015 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup.None can afford to misfire today in what is shaping up as a win-or-go-home scenario.Lacovia High (19 points) will take a three-point lead into their clash with the group’s third-place team Munro College (16). This game will be played at St Elizabeth Technical’s (STETHS) playfield in Santa Cruz. STETHS (18) will meet Newell who have registered a measly two points. They meet at the Treasure Beach Sports Park.With two to advance as automatic qualifiers and the best third-place team also a possibility these match-ups take on added significance.STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn, though pleased with his team’s 4-0 rout of B.B. Coke on Wednesday, knows that to top the group his team will have to win and hopes that rivals Munro can do them an enormous favour by defeating Lacovia.”Come later this evening, we are looking for a three-point result,” Wedderburn told The Gleaner.”We know we have what it takes and are confident that we will defeat Newell. In the same breath, if we are to top the group, Lacovia must lose so we are hoping that Munro will stop them,” Wedderburn said.It is almost a similar storyline in Group H, which features the defending champions Clarendon College. They lead with 15 points, one more than Lennon High (14).The champions are set to meet one of the weakest teams in the group in Thompson Town while Edwin Allen (13 pts), third in the group, will no doubt have three points on their minds when they tackle second-place team Lennon (14).Meanwhile, the free-scoring Manchester High will travel to DeCarteret in their final Group F game, having already secured the top place with a perfect nine wins from as many matches.Today’s matchesGreen Pond vs IrwinFrome vs Rusea’sWilliam Knibb vs Herbert MorrisonSpot Valley vs MuschettMannings vs Maud McLeodPetersfield vs Godfrey StewartMunro vs LacoviaMaggotty vs B.B. CokeNewell vs STETHSBelair vs Winston JonesMile Gully vs Cross KeysDeCarteret vs ManchesterSpalding vs HolmwoodAlston vs KnoxEdwin Allen vs LennonClarendon College vs Thompson TownOcho Rios vs Cedric TitusBrown’s Town vs York CastleTacky vs IslingtonBrimmervale vs St Mary HighSt Mary Tech vs Annotto BayDinthill vs CharlemontMcGrath vs Bog WalkEwarton vs Tacius GoldingBuff Bay vs TitchfieldPort Antonio vs Happy GroveDenbigh vs GlenmuirGarvey Maceo vs PorusOld Harbour vs Kemps HillCentral vs Vere TechSeaforth vs Robert LightbourneSt Thomas Tech vs Paul Boglelast_img read more

Tactics, passion and Hazard: Why Chelsea fans can’t wait for next season

first_img 5 5 5 5 5. It can’t get any worse – Despite their improved form under Guus Hiddink, last season, as whole, was an embarrassment for Chelsea Football Club. But the good news is that it really can’t get any worse. The Blues hit a low a generation of supporters won’t have seen before and Conte won’t allow a repeat of such a campaign. 2. Conte on the sidelines – As seen at the Euro 2016 finals, Conte is an extrovert on the sidelines. No manager, player or official will be exempt from facing the wrath and passion of the Italian, making the Chelsea dugout the most eagerly awaited of the new season. 1. Conte’s system and tactics – read all about this below, then click the arrow above, right, to see four more reasons Chelsea fans should be excited ahead of the new season – Much has been spoken of Conte as a tactician and what he’ll subsequently bring to Stamford Bridge. The 46-year-old earned recognition for his innovative methods with Juventus then Italy, and is now bringing his experience to south west London. What formation he’ll use, particularly whether he’ll deploy a back three, has drawn the most interest. Conte will keep fans guessing until the first game of the Blues’ season. 3. Youth players getting a chance – The pressure is growing for Chelsea to prove their academy isn’t a waste of time. It’s been well documented that John Terry is the last player to come through the club’s youth ranks and establish himself as a first team regular, which will have been relayed to Conte. At present, Blues fans have pinned their hopes on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but will he get a chance next season? With no European football, the midfielder could see his opportunities increase, but only time will tell. 5 It’s a fresh start for Chelsea next season.After a dreadful 2015/16 campaign, Antonio Conte, who has officially been unveiled by the club, has the job of guiding the Blues back to the Premier League and Europe’s elite.For Chelsea fans therefore, there’s much to feel positive about and, in light of this, we’ve put together five reasons excitement should be rising ahead of the incoming term.Check out those points by viewing the slideshow above. 4. The return of Eden Hazard – The last few games of Chelsea’s season combined with his performances for Belgium at the Euro 2016 finals suggested Hazard is returning to his best. The 25-year-old was metaphorically absent for much of the 2015/16 campaign, struggling for fitness and form, and was sorely missed. With a new manager to impress, Hazard is firmly expected to re-establish himself as one of the Premier League’s finest players – even if it is only to catch the eye of Real Madrid. last_img read more