WESTERN BUREAU: THANKS to goalkeeper Amal Knight, UWI FC won their first away game in the 2015 Red Stripe Premier League season, a commanding 3-1 victory over FC Reno at Frome Sports Complex yesterday. Knight was superb in goal for UWI, pulling off no less than five fantastic saves – without which the home team would easily have won the fixture. In between his spectacular performance, however, UWI grabbed the lead against the run of play when Patrick Brown toe-poked home his effort from the top of the area in the 15th minute for the opener. Forward Girvon Brown then took his chance to score his eighth goal of the season, making it 2-0 in the 40th minute from the penalty spot, before second-half debutant Anthony Grant netted in the 72nd minute. FC Reno replied through substitute Alburn Facey, who tucked in his effort after Knight had saved brilliantly off a sizzling free-kick from Roshane Sharpe. “I am really pleased with my performance and that of the team today. I think it was an excellent performance from the team on a whole,” said Knight. “We have been playing good football since we have settled in the League, and now we are looking towards greater things,” he said. Knight told The Gleaner he believes UWI can challenge for a place in the final four and that it is not beyond them to believe or show they can do so. “With the table congested the way it is, I believe we stand a great chance if we remain consistent,” he stated. FC Reno, meanwhile, are still searching for goalscoring answers after another sub-par performance. However, they could be in for some good news after club officials revealed that top striker and last season’s Golden Boot winner, Craig Foster, will be making his way back to the club. Coach Michael Graham said Foster’s return and some January signings will help rejuvenate the club, which has lost four of their last six matches.
For her achievement in leading the West Indies to victories over Pakistan in both the Twenty20 and One-day Internationals. She topped tables in the ODI series with a batting average of 130.50 and was the most economical West Indies bowler while taking four wickets. Taylor, the West Indies Women’s captain, was also recently named the International Cricket Council’s Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year.
HOMECOMING, GENERAL TOGO and AIR MARSHALL in races two, three and four, respectively, can ensure a good payday for Sunrise Super-6 players at Caymanas Park tomorrow.The island’s only racetrack has been silent for the past two racedays while unionised workers went on strike but HOMECOMING (apprentice Javaniel Patterson up) can welcome back the fans at a good price in the opening Super-6 race over 1600 metres for maiden special weight four-year-olds.Trained by Steven Todd, HOMECOMING has shown little form in her past five races. However, her effort on January 30 was not as bad as the final placing suggested. Going a distance much too short to see her at her best (1000 metres round), HOMECOMING finished fifth by 11 lengths just three lengths behind the second-place horse. Now stretched out to 1600 metres and the handicaps in her favour, courtesy of Patterson’s 4kg claim, she can get the better of ante post favourite BRIDLED PRINCESS. Both have similar best times over the distance but the apprentice’s claim can tilt the balance in favour of HOMECOMING.UPTHEPACEGENERAL TOGO, Barrington Bell aboard, will not be caught in the second Super-6 race (third on the card) over 1700 metres. The conditions of the race are overwhelmingly in favour of the six-year-old. On January 30 he was up with the pace in a 1200 metres race in splits of 23.3×47.3 toting 57kg. He has since dropped 11 pounds to 52kg and is simply too light to lose.Lawrence Freemantle’s AIR MARSHALL can stun rivals in the fourth race (third Super-6) following a bullet work on Ash Wednesday. AIR MARSHALL who was highly fancied (7-2) but showed little on debut last November, breezed the last three furlongs in 35.3 the fastest on the day and looks ready for a big run with Shamaree Muir aboard.BIGDADDYKOOL, third in last year’s Jamaica Two-year-old Stakes, has little to beat in the fourth Super-6 race with just 53kg on his back and regular jockey Shane Ellis aboard. He clocked 1:39.1 on the day and that should be good enough to get the better of his six rivals.FRANCIA’S PRIDE is another who could surprise in race six. She strode 1400 metres in 1:37.1 with new equipment (tongue tie and figure eight) on January 30 and is coming to run a big race tomorrow. She has nothing to fear from PINELOPE who looked average on debut despite being heavily backed to win first time of asking.Close those Super-6s with NEVER GIVE UP (very light). He should stay close to the speed represented by MIRACLE RECOVERY, SPROUTING WINGS and REAL: VIBES MACHINE and outfinish rivals in the last 200 metres.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(2) HOMECOMING/ BRIDLED PRINCESS(3) GENERAL TOGO(4) AIR MARSHALL/MY WAY(5) BIGDADDYKOOL(6) FRANCIA’S PRIDE/PINELOPE(7) NEVER GIVE UP
Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness was taunted by orange-clad supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP), a short while ago. Holness was touring his constituency of St Andrew West Central to ensure that the electoral process was proceeding without glitches, when he ventured into areas in which residents support the PNP. Prior to this, Holness was greeted well by supporters of both the JLP and the PNP. The greetings were returned by the JLP leader. Things changed when he drove into the polling station located in the St Mary of the Virgin Church on Molynes Road and Headley Avenue. Shouts of “Portia!” and “Patrick!” punctured the hitherto quiet atmosphere. Patrick Roberts is the PNP candidate, who is attempting to unseat Holness as Member of Parliament for St Andrew West Central. Clearly energised by Holness’ presence and closely watched by a team of security personnel, the crowd of comrades continued to chant “No Labourite!” Holness, however, continued his meet and greet. The comrades refused to cease even during a tender moment when Holness held a young baby wrapped in a green blanket, saying that his time at the centre had expired. The nearby Drewsland is a PNP stronghold. Similar sentiments were expressed by residents inside the Drewsland community – a PNP stronghold – which was quiet until Holness arrived in the area