Derby day: Munro vs STETHS at Alpart

first_imgWestern Bureau:While reigning champions Clarendon College and other contenders are looking good after two rounds of matches in this year’s ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup, last year’s beaten finalists, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), have been ordinary in Group E.But with another edition of their storied derby on the horizon, STETHS and Munro College are gearing up for the clash, which will be played at Alpart Sports Ground in Gutters with kick-off slated for 3:30 p.m.It is a home match away from the cool comforts of Munro’s usual home in the hills of Malvern, which is undergoing renovation. But the shift in location will not take anything from what is expected to be a super-charged atmosphere.STETHS head coach Omar Wedderburn says confidence remains high within his squad, in spite of results that have not been favourable.”The two matches we failed to win [were] because of some mishaps in goal for us. We are still confident and are looking at this game earnestly. Three points are available; we want all of them,” Wedderburn said.”This is a big time derby – one of the truest derbies out there in schoolboy football – and just to know this game is scheduled, with the history between both schools, it’s motivation enough,” he stated.UNCHARTED WATERSSTETHS are in uncharted waters down in fourth place in the standings, trailing Lacovia, surprise team Maggotty, and B.B. Coke – all on four points. Munro have also failed to light up the park thus far either, and are fifth in the group after one draw and a 2-0 loss to Maggotty on Wednesday.They will want to get the edge on STETHS, who have enjoyed success in this fixture for a number of years running.Newell High sit at the foot of the group without a point and will have to be much better than in previous matches to stop the much-improved Maggotty. That game will be played at the Treasure Beach Sports Park.Another potentially hot derby pits Group H leaders Clarendon College against second-place Lennon High, while Edwin Allen tackle Kellits. Clarendon are perfect after two matches for six points, scoring 12 goals and are favourites to make it three from three.In Group A, St James High, coached by former national captain Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, take on Cornwall College in a key Montego Bay derby at Jarrett Park. Cornwall (four points) were held to a draw by plucky Green Pond last time out and are seeking a return to winning ways.But it won’t be easy against a St James High team (three points), who always seem to perform at their best when facing the former many-time champions. The game has all the elements to be the match of the round.last_img read more

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Inter Milan cancel Conte presser over ‘insulting’ letter

first_img0Shares0000Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan were the only Italian team not to advance to the Champions League last 16 © AFP / Miguel MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Dec 14 – Inter Milan on Saturday cancelled coach Antonio Conte’s press conference ahead of their league game against Fiorentina because of “an offensive letter” published in a leading Italian sports daily.“Yesterday (Friday), the Corriere dello Sport published an offensive letter towards our coach, justifying its aggression in the comment,” the Italian team said in a statement on Twitter as journalists were waiting for the start of the press conference. “In order to send a signal to all media that they must ‘guarantee respect of people,’ we will not hold a press conference today.”In the letter, a Bologna fan wrote he “enjoyed seeing the great Inter outclassed by Barcelona B”, who had shown the Italian side’s “worn-out” coach how to play football.“I contest this beatification of Conte who in his career despite the victories has never shown a good game,” the letter continued.It added that despite spending over 150 million euros ($166 million), more than any other Italian team, Chinese-owned Inter could not beat Slavia Prague and lost to Borussia Dortmund.The editor of the letters’ page Italo Cucci added a comment, stating that Inter have “thrown away the Champions League and maybe the rest too” by loaning Mauro Icardi to Paris Saint-Germain, adding: “Slogan: No Icardi, No Party”.Corriere dello Sport have already been under fire following their controversial “Black Friday” headline earlier this month ahead of the first Serie A meeting between Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku and former Manchester United teammate Chris Smalling, now playing for Roma.Inter Milan are two points ahead of Juventus at the top of the Serie A table before Sunday’s trip to Fiorentina, but were the only one of Italy’s four teams not to advance to the Champions League last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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