20 Jan

KO title, return of players boost Portmore

first_imgPortmore United’s head coach Jeffrey Hewitt said they are elated to have won their first title of the season after beating Bodles FC 2-0 to win the St Catherine Happy Sutherland Knockout football competition. Hewitt dedicated the victory to the club’s long-serving chairman, Herman Ming, and his family and noted that now that their injured players have recovered, their form should improve in the Red Stripe Premier League. “It’s the first title for the season and we are very happy to have got it, and I want to say thanks to all who have been supporting us, especially the Ming family, and this victory is dedicated to them,” said Hewitt, whose team won Sunday’s title match at Spanish Town Prison Oval courtesy of Tremaine Stewart’s double in the 34th and 69th minutes of a largely one-sided contest. WELCOME WIN It was welcome relief for Portmore, which had lost three consecutive matches in the Red Stripe Premier League. Hewitt said injuries were partially to blame for those setbacks. “There have been some injuries, so we had about four players who have not played in over six games … . [Injuries] have been contributing to our performances over the last few matches. But we are Portmore United, and whoever we put on the pitch must be ready to play, but we are just glad that we got our [injured] players back and we are just getting ready for the next round [of games],” he said. In Sunday’s parish knockout decider, Portmore controlled the match but found it difficult to score, even though they created a number of openings. Hewitt insists they must improve if they are aiming to win more trophies this season. “I thought the Bodles team was really organised; they must have had some quality to reach the final. They knew us and it was evident that they did their homework. They did not allow us to play our free-flowing football, but we eventually broke through and got two goals. “But I thought we could have done much better in front of goal and separate ourselves with a bigger margin. We created numerous chances, but we were unable to convert most of those. We got two goals and we are thankful, but still we have a lot of work to do in front of goal, and if we can convert half of the chances we create in the Premier League and domestic competition, we will be a force to reckon with,” he said. Bodles’ coach Lenworth Gordon said they were outclassed, but gave up ‘soft’ goals. “We went up against a good,-quality Portmore team, but gave away two soft goals and that was very hard to come back from because they didn’t give us any room to play, and they have quicker players,” he commented.last_img read more

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27 Dec

Five big Liverpool transfer stories – will signing make ‘massive difference’?

first_img 5. Liverpool not getting Naby Keita, say Leipzig – The 22-year-old midfielder has been on the receiving end of much praise this season, as Leipzig have secured qualification to the Champions League for next season. He’s been at the club since 2016 and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl believes he will remain with the club “forever.” 4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain considering Anfield move – According to the Telegraph, Oxlade-Chamberlain is considering leaving Arsenal for Liverpool. The midfielder is said to be tempted by the prospect of playing in a central midfield role, though will most likely wait to see what happens with Arsenal manager’s role. His current contract expires in 2018 and could still cost £25m. 5 3. Salah is an alternative to no.1 target – Reports surfacing this week suggest Liverpool will make a move for Roma winger Mohamed Salah if they cannot secure Julian Brandt to sign. The 20-year-old forward is very much in demand, but is cautious about moving if he will not be able to play regularly. Salah almost joined Liverpool in 2014 before his head was turned by Chelsea. 5 Here’s what is being reported about Liverpool’s summer transfer plans.The club are currently third in the Premier League, one point clear of Man City with three games remaining, and five in front of Man United.Who the club sign will depend on whether or not they qualify for the Champions League, but here are the latest rumours.Remain up to date with all the latest Liverpool news here. 5 5 2. Liverpool to fight for Jordan Pickford – In April, Klopp ruled out a move for Joe Hart because he didn’t need another goalkeeper. “It is not for us in this moment and hopefully not in the future – not because of Joe but because we already have two strong goalkeepers,” he said about speculation linking the 30-year-old with a move. Now, though, there is talk about 23-year-old Pickford becoming a Liverpool player and the club will fight Everton for the £20m-rated Sunderland man. 5 1. Michael Keane to bolster Liverpool defence? – Keane will be leaving Burnley in the summer and Liverpool are one club linked with the 24-year-old centre-back. Former Reds stopper, Jamie Carragher, said he’s not sure Keane is an upgrade on the current defenders. Carragher is a fan of the player, but isn’t sure if he is what is needed. “If you’re spending £25m on a centre-back he has to go straight in your team and make a massive difference” he told Sky Sports. “I don’t think he is quite at that level to come in and make a massive difference.” last_img read more

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