Wolmer’s too strong for STGC … Moves closer to Manning Cup semis

first_imgWolmer’s moved closer to a spot in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup semi-finals, following their2-0 win against St George’s College at Constant Spring Sports Complex in St Andrew yesterday.Mickel Graham netted the first goal for Wolmer’s in the 45th minute with former St Jago player Yannick Elliott sealing the deal in the 50th.The game was played on a soggy field due to earlier rains. However, neither team seemed too bothered by the conditions in what was a keenly contested affair.St George’s fought hard in the second half but could not find a way past Wolmer’s goalkeeper Shamar Jemmison, who made several impressive saves throughout the contest to keep his team on top.Wolmer’s defence led by captain Jahwani Hinds held on for a good victory that pushed them onto six points from two games, while St George’s remained on three points.The Heroes Circle-based institution is on course for a semi-final spot and only need to avoid defeat against Haile Selassie High in the group’s final game next week.Wolmer’s coach Vassel Reynolds said that his team played better in the condition.”We played well tactically. I thought the condition favoured us. We started the game well and ended the winner. It was a crucial victory,” Reynolds told The Gleaner.”I think that we have one foot in the semi-final. However, we won’t be complacent as there is one game to be played in the group,” he added.Coach of St George’s College Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell said that both teams handled the condition well and believes it was a good game.”I though that both teams handled the conditions well. We are disappointed in losing the game as it is difficult for us to win the group, barring some favourable results in the final set of games,” Bell assessed.Meanwhile, the game between Haile Selassie and St Catherine, which was scheduled as the curtain-raiser was not played due to the rains. That games is rescheduled for next Monday.Today’s gamesGroup IDenham Town vs St JagoHydel vs Jamaica Collegelast_img read more

Milan find their groove as two No 9s equal success against Sampdoria

first_img11Genoa9-514 Share on Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Publicly, the leadership has been consistent in its support for Gattuso. But Maldini also reaffirmed that the club’s ambition is to finish in the top four. Champions League football is a necessary first step back towards financial stability for a club that posted a €126m loss on last season’s accounts.Initially banned from European competition this year for failing to comply with Financial Fair Play requirements, the Rossoneri were reinstated following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The latter ruling rested in part on the club’s recent repossession by Elliott Management, but further sanctions can be expected if they fail to improve the balance sheet.This particular set of circumstances does also complicate the outlook with regards to Gattuso. On the one hand, the club will need to remove him if they believe he cannot obtain a Champions League berth. On the other, replacing him with a high-profile name would be an expensive undertaking. Gattuso embraces Higuaín after the match. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images European club football Gattuso countered that his team had created more opportunities, conceding from two shots on goal. He was similarly resistant, however, to any attempt to colour this victory as a result of the formation change.Most encouraging to him might have been the attitude of Cutrone and Higuaín, two players with a shared aggression and physicality in their way of interpreting the position. He had called on his team to play like “angry dogs”, demanding a reaction after limp performances against Inter and Betis. Defeats to those teams had fuelled speculation that he could be fired. Both Leonardo and Paolo Maldini had dropped by Milanello on Friday for conversations with the manager and his team. Cristiano Ronaldo: I left Real Madrid because of president Florentino Pérez features The best scenario for Milan, then, would be for the incumbent to succeed. Gattuso is well-liked by his players, Higuaín praising his man-management in a recent interview with Gazzetta and likening him to Maurizio Sarri for his capacity to motivate. Alessio Romagnoli insisted he and his team-mates were “ready to die” for their boss.Milan are not as far off the pace as you might imagine from the tone of some of the recent media coverage in Italy. A win in their postponed game against Genoa this Wednesday would give them 18 points from 10 games, and put them very much in touch with the top four.What ought to concern Milan more than the standings is an atrocious defensive record, with 13 goals conceded already in the league. They have not kept a clean sheet in 15 Serie A matches dating back to last season, their longest such run since 1946.Experimenting with a two-man attack does not need to compromise the defence. Just ask Carlo Ancelotti, whose Napoli side have been far tighter at the back since switching from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2. It might serve Milan’s interests to give Higuaín and Cutrone more games together. That alone, though, will not be a quick fix.Talking points• The one and only real talking point this Monday: how on earth did Sassuolo fail to score from here?• “I’m not a wizard,” insisted Ancelotti after Napoli’s draw with Roma, and this was a game to remind us that even the best managers cannot stick the ball in the net. The Partenopei comfortably outplayed Roma yet needed a 90th-minute equaliser from Dries Mertens. Napoli 1-1 Roma, Milan 3-2 Sampdoria, Cagliari 2-1 Chievo, Genoa 2-2 Udinese, Spal 0-3 Frosinone, Sassuolo 2-2 Bologna, Torino 1-1 Fiorentina, Empoli 1-2 Juventus, Atalanta 3-0 ParmaMonday: Lazio v Internazionale 1Juventus101328 2Napoli10822 Pinterest 10Torino10014 • The gap to first is back to six points, because Juventus beat Empoli 2-1 the day before. The Bianconeri were a goal down at the break and playing some way below their best but Cristiano Ronaldo once again made the difference, converting a penalty first before smashing home the winner from 20 yards.• A first win of the season for Frosinone, and what a way to get it: thrashing Spal 3-0. It leaves Chievo as the only winless side, the former Italy manager Giampiero Ventura suffering a second consecutive defeat since taking charge. 12Cagliari10-213 Bayer Leverkusen’s rout of Bremen underlines their underachievements Share on Twitter Show Putting aside any trivial quibbles about sample size, we can at least observe that this partnership has shown promise. Far from treading on each other’s toes, Cutrone and Higuaín seem to have quite a natural rapport, seeking one another out in possession. The latter’s goal was set up by a sharp one-two between them.Cutrone was only returning a favour. Higuaín had provided the assist on his winner against Roma back in August, dissecting the Giallorossi’s defence with a well-timed through-ball. It is tempting to wonder whether their shared experience as No9s might help each recognise the spaces the other would want to attack, and where they would want the ball played.Whether or not Milan are better for playing in the 4-4-2 that accommodates them is another question entirely. Sampdoria dominated possession and their manager, Marco Giampaolo, argued that the game had been won only by acts of individual brilliance. Suso’s winner was a trademark solo effort, struck across goal from 20 yards. Twitter Was this helpful? 13Parma10-413 Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| FULL-TIME | A worthy match-winner for #ACMilan. 👏Suso’s strike sealed all three points for the Rossoneri. 🔴⚫️AC Milan 3-2 Sampdoria pic.twitter.com/Hu3S3rEcHDOctober 28, 2018 17Bologna10-69 Topics Share on LinkedIn 4Lazio9418 Serie A 6Sampdoria10715 5Fiorentina10815 Read more 18Empoli10-66 Read more Share on Messenger Facebook Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| EQUALISER |Dries Mertens pounced late on to rescue Napoli a point at home against Roma.They stay six points behind Juventus in the #SerieA standings. ⚽️ #Contenders pic.twitter.com/ES83hH4BxzOctober 28, 2018 14Atalanta10512 16Udinese10-59 19Frosinone10-155 Milan Quick guide Serie A results Old habits die hard for Silvio Berlusconi. It is more than a year since he sold Milan, and barely a month since he completed a takeover of Monza in Serie C, but still he presumes to address his former club’s manager with tactical advice. “I don’t like [Gennaro] Gattuso’s team, because they only play with one centre-forward,” lamented Berlusconi recently. “Milan should always have two.”It seems unlikely these words swung Gattuso’s thinking. This can hardly have been the first time he heard such a suggestion from a man with whom he remains in occasional contact. Berlusconi’s preference for two up top has been reiterated countless times down the years, though his knowledge of Milan’s playing staff appears to be similarly unchanging. In another interview on the same theme, he also proposed starting Kaká behind the attack. 20Chievo10-18-1 Share via Email 7AC Milan9515 Sportblog Gattuso did not seek to lure the Brazilian back out of retirement for Milan’s game against Sampdoria on Sunday, but he did opt for a 4-4-2 for the first time this season. Suso was pushed back and Diego Laxalt brought forward to operate as wingers. Patrick Cutrone joined Gonzalo Higuaín in attack.Supporters had been crying out for this combination. With a goal against Real Betis on Thursday, Cutrone raised his strike rate to four goals in eight appearances – all of them off the bench. Why not give this homegrown talent a chance to play from the beginning?The obvious answer was that he and Higuaín were too similar, each doing their best work in and around the penalty box. In this era of false nines, could a team really get away with fielding two authentic ones?Apparently, they could. Both got their names on the scoresheet in a back-and-forth game at the San Siro, Cutrone opening the scoring and Higuaín netting the equaliser after Sampdoria had responded with goals from Riccardo Saponara and Fabio Quagliarella. Milan went on to win 3-2, Suso scoring the winner.Monday’s Gazzetta dello Sport tallied up the total time Cutrone and Higuaín had spent on the pitch together this season, finding a combined strike-rate better than one goal every 40 minutes. “Projecting that through an entire game, that means starting 2-0 up,” announced the optimistic analysis. Share on WhatsApp Thank you for your feedback. 15SPAL10-512 9Sassuolo10115 8Roma10415 Hide Share on Pinterest 3Inter Milan9719 PosTeamPGDPts Reuse this contentlast_img read more