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St Bess defeat Rivoli 2-0 in Super League

St Bess defeated Rivoli United 2-0 to remain atop Zone II following the latest round of matches in the SCC/Charley’s JB Rum Super League.

Yesterday, at the Lacovia Sports Complex, the St Elizabeth standard bearers finally broke the deadlock after 63 minutes when Naquain Brown scored from the penalty spot. Three minutes later, Oshane Staple doubled the advantage for the hosts to move a point ahead of the former premier league campaigners, who suffered their second defeat of the season.

Another former premier league team, Sporting Central Academy also tasted defeat as their terrible start to the new season continues. They were beaten for the fourth time in their Zone II clash away to Greenvale Academy, who ran out comfortable 3-1 victors at the Greenvale Community Centre.

Kemar Ricketts (26th) first half strike and Maxwell Robinson’s (32nd, 48th) two goals either side of the break ensured the visitors left Mandeville empty-handed. Kwesi Watts (48th) of Sporting Central scored within seconds of Robinson’s second goal.

Holland PYC moved ahead of Rivoli into second position on goal-difference, after Ockar Barnes’ (52nd) goal gave them a 1-0 home win over Dunbeholden, who are second from bottom in the zone.

York Town left it very, very late to snatch a 1-1 away draw against Hillstars PYC at Kirkvine. Kenroy Mullings’ 40th minute goal looked to have been enough until Ishmael Currie scored in the fourth minute of time-added to give the Clarendonians a share of the spoils.

SCC/Charley's JB Rum points standing as at February 11, 2018 (Data provided by South Central Confederation)

On Saturday, Old Harbour Bay continue to occupy fourth spot in Zone I after playing to a nil-all draw with overall leaders Blackstars at Marlie Acres.

Tru Juice slipped to third after being held 1-1 at home by Porus to remain four points from the top. Geo Givans (18th) fired the visitors in front, while Keeva Thomas (56th) leveled for the hosts early in the second half.

Vere are now only two points adrift of Blackstars after hammering Downs FC 6-1 on the road.

Goals from Shantel Mundle (29th), Shemar Nairne (12th, 52nd), Rafique Graham (64th) along with Shorndee Webb’s (79th) own-goal completed an embarrassing afternoon for the host, who managed to pulled a goal back via Ajay Chin sixth minute from full time.

Real Treasure Beach also won on the road with Jhavon Williams (49th) ensuring that they left the Riverside Football Field at Moores with maximum points.

The competition continues next week.

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Leading marksman Devroy Gray took home two main awards at the Old Harbour Bay United Football Club’s Recognition and Appreciation Award Ceremony at the JPS Sports Club located in the community on June 4.

Gray, whose 16 goals played a massive part in the team’s success, expectedly won the golden boot award and was named most valuable player (MVP) of the season.

Gray’s striker partner, Tajay Baker ended the campaign with eight goals and was named best new player, while promising forward Gavin Lee received the most disciplined prize.

Many of the main prizes went to that group of players who were part of an attacking front that played some wonderful football throughout the season.

Attacking midfielder Najja Biggs was an influential figure on the pitch and in the dressing room and was announced as the players’ player of the season.

Inspirational captain Jason Grant was recognized for his leadership and will certainly look to lead the team into the new season.

Anthowe Dawkins, who played in the premier league with Arnett Gardens FC a few seasons ago, was named the best defender, while the most improved award went to defensive midfielder Shamar O’Connor.

The talented wing back Ackiem Coley collected the most consistent award. Number one goalkeeper Rajay Robinson took home the golden glove award, while 16 year-old attacking midfielder Saqlain Waul was named best young player.

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In 2010 a group of community members came together to form the Old Harbour United Football Club with one ultimate dream in mind – to play in the premier league.

Several years later their quest remains firmly on track.

In fact the journey is gathering momentum after they won the St Catherine Major League back in April – their biggest achievement to date.

This has propelled them into the Southern Confederation Super League next season, which is one step away from rubbing shoulders with the country’s elite football clubs.

Devroy Gray takes home Golden Boot, MVP awards

An air of togetherness hung around this club which was evident throughout last Sunday’s awards ceremony at the JPS Sports Club in Old Harbour Bay. Each recipient beamed with pride on their way to the podium. It was their night to shine and rightly so.

But the central theme throughout the three-hour ceremony, which ended about two hours before midnight, was getting the club to the very top in football.

An important component driving this dream has been Gore Developments Limited, a prominent construction firm in the country investing $1,000,000.00 into the club over the last two seasons.

Financial support from elsewhere, has also contributed to their success, while other individuals played important roles in kind and were duly recognized on the night.

“We are truly happy for the partnership and the role it has played thus far in mutual support of one to the other. For all of us at Gore Developments it really shows that hard work, commitment, discipline has paid off,” said Pauline Lewis, legal assistant, Gore Developments.

More than half of the club’s players are from this fishing community, which lies on the island’s southern coastline. Many of them have been friends since their childhood days. But they have forged a bond that grows stronger with every day that passes, even amidst flare-ups of violent crimes and the negative stigma of being regarded as a major transshipment point in the drugs for guns trade between Jamaica and Haiti.

But the management team led by club president Errol Cobourne along with his chief lieutenant, vice president Steve Dixon, has done a remarkable job so far.

“When Old Harbour Bay United started we saw where there was plan. A plan to have a good youth programme,” said Peter Reid, the long-serving president of the St Catherine Football Association. “More than 50 per cent of players playing now for Old Harbour Bay United came through their youth programme.

“When you have a programme and you have vision it will come to fruition and tonight is an example of that.”

Another key club figure impressed with the running of the organization is experienced coach Vassell Reynolds, who has coached at the premier league level before.

After their victory over Federal in the final, Reynolds says he “realized the significance of the achievement” as the St Catherine Prison Oval was invaded by Old Harbour Bay supporters after the final whistle.

The former Humble Lion coach said: “I would have worked with premier league teams and super league teams; and the small management group of people you have are some people that have the community and the players at heart. I find that they are pretty much organized much more than management at a higher level that I would have worked with and that is what you want sometimes to be successful.”

“From I came here this evening I keep hearing the notion of the premier league and it must be the ambition of the club to go to the premier league” said Laurence Garriques, who delivered the keynote address.

In outlining what he believes to be three main pillars on which a successful club is built, Garriques, a lecturer in at the University of the West Indies in the faculty of science and sports, said: “We can use football as another means of community development.”

Speaking in the context of Paul Pogba’s world record transfer fee from Juventus to Manchester United, Garriques added: “We need to seriously have a look at what we are doing and how best can we reach these kinds of heights.

“You can imagine how much development, how many resources, how many families and how much the community will change if Old Harbour Bay United had a Paul Pogba amongst you?”

But perhaps Lewis offered the best advice on the night, reminding the club that “today’s success is the beginning of tomorrow’s greatness”.

They have been true to their motto: “A team above all, above all a team”.

Undoubtedly Old Harbour Bay remains united to achieve its dream of one day playing in the premier league.

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For the second season in a row, construction firm Gore Development Limited is offering financial support to the Old Harbour Bay United Football Club.

Like last season, the company has donated $500,000 to the Major League team – to be paid in tranches through to the end of the campaign.

Gore’s decision to continue its financial support of the club will go a far way in helping not just the team but also the community, says club president Errol Cobourne.

“I must say thanks to Gore Development for coming in. We really do appreciate it, not just for the football but for the development of the community on a whole. Your contribution; don’t look at it for the development of the football, we are also developing person’s lives and when you are developing individuals it augurs well for the development of not just the community but also the country,” Cobourne stated last Tuesday during a cheque presentation at the company’s head office in Kingston.

Ruthven Ottey, general manager, Gore Development Limited, says the company is very happy to contribute once more.

The company has been investing in the Old Harbour space through the construction of a few housing schemes for more than five years.

“We are not looking to see what we can get out of the football club per say but we contribute because of what the club represents to the community,” Ottey said.

“We want to participate in the development of the community because a good community augurs well for just about everybody.

“What we have decided to do for the football year is to contribute again $500,000 which you’ve asked us to pay quarterly over four months. So once again we are pleased to say we are on board and we look forward to having a good relationship.”

Since the partnership with Gore the club has seen increased levels of discipline amongst players on and off the field, noted Steve Dixon who is vice president at the club.

“I am happy to report that we are one of the clubs with the least amount of yellow cards and red cards so far this season,” he said.

With experienced coach Vassell Reynolds at the helm, the team currently sits third in the overall points standing three points below league leaders Federal at the time of the presentation.

And Cobourne noted that the partnership will also help to improve the profile of the community, regarded as a major transshipment point in the guns for drugs trade between Jamaica and Haiti.

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Monday, 29 February 2016 12:52

Bay join Tru Juice atop Major League table

Old Harbour Bay, yesterday, won 2-0 away at Dela Vega to join Tru Juice atop the Flow St Catherine Major League.

Two goals on either side of the break from striker JaVaughn Smith and captain Jason Grant guarantee all three points for Linval Dixon’s men.

Tru Juice leads the table though on goal difference after clipping Royal Lakes 2-1 on the road, while Federal United dropped to third as they were held 1-1 by Frazsiers Whip at Red Pond.

Fourth-placed Dunbeholden are only a point below Federal United after coming away 1-0 winners at the expense of Portsmouth.

GC Foster moved up to mid-table following a 2-1 win over Newland, while bottom club New Raiders drew 1-1 at home against Christian Pen.

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Linval Dixon, head coach of Old Harbour Bay FC, is satisfied with a point from their drawn encounter with Fraziers Whip in the Flow St Catherine Major League at Marlie Acres on Saturday, January 9, 2016.

Old Harbour Bay finished the game with nine men with David Lewis and Devroy Gray ejected in 75th and 85th minutes respectively. A minute after Lewis’ ejection, Old Harbour Bay leveled through captain Jason Grant before holding on for a share of the spoils.

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Jason Grant’s well executed free-kick earned a point for a below-par Old Harbour Bay United against Fraziers Whip in the Flow St Catherine Major League at Marlie Acres on January 9.

Grant, who was far from his marauding best of previous seasons, cancelled out Devon Francis’ well executed goal in the 57th minute for Fraziers Whip.

The equalizer came immediately after Old Harbour Bay’s David Lewis and Andrew Lewin, a second half substitute for Fraziers Whip, were both sent off in the 75th minute by referee Doyen Tummings after a physical altercation.

Devroy Gray’s foolish decision to slap an opponent in the back gave Tummings no choice but to eject the midfielder and it caused the hosts to play an ultra-defensive tactic thereafter. Despite playing with nine men though, Linval Dixon’s men almost grabbed a winner as Jerome Taylor’s goal-bound header was kept out by a diving Richard Hunter in the Fraziers goal.

There was very little to write about in the first half with both teams looking lethargic. However, with 10 minutes remaining before the break Demarley Dawkins of Fraziers Whip could not connect with his strike partner tantalizing pass. Francis then created a chance for himself when he cut inside Old Harbour Bay’s Keroy Reid but shoot straight at keeper Troy Cummings, while at the other end Gray fluffed his effort when clean through by Grant’s pass.

The visitors came out stronger in the second half and after a coming close on a few occasions they finally made the breakthrough as Francis, standing wide atop the 18-yard box, collected Shaquille McLeod’s diagonally pass. The striker then teed himself up first before firing a curling left-footer into the far corner. By this time Fraziers’ tails were up and they should have doubled their lead shortly after taking the lead but Dawkins’ looping effort beat the advancing Cummings as well as the unguarded goal.

The tempo of the game also went up a notch as the hosts tried to get back on even terms before a moment of madness between Lewis and Lewin. The visitors were then punished by Grant from the resulting free-kick as the Old Harbour Bay playmaker sent a dipping strike that kissed the underside of the bar while referee assistant Jayson Jackson ruled the ball had crossed the goal line amid protests from Fraziers defenders.

But following the dismissal of Gray, Old Harbour Bay had to change their game plan to a more defensive ploy, though Taylor, who came on at right back for Corey Rodriques, nearly won it for them.

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In other matches Dunbeholden were held to a 2-2 draw by Federal United, while Royal Lakes and Christian Pen drew 0-0, likewise Portsmouth and New Raiders. Dela Vega, playing at home, blanked Newland 2-0.

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