WESTERN BUREAU:Rusea’s High on Saturday joined St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), Clarendon College, and their old nemesis, Cornwall College, as rural area schools to make the quarter-final round of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Super Cup after a commanding 3-0 win over Haile Selassie High in the feature game of the Montego Bay Sports Complex double-header.In the early fixture, STETHS had to come from behind three separate times to put away a spirited Holy Trinity 4-3 to advance.A Rusea’s versus Cornwall College game has been on the lips of diehard schoolboy football fans this side of the island for some time now. It has been over a decade since the last time these two most successful rural area schools met.STETHS, meanwhile, will be looking to stave off Bridgeport High in their quarter-final clash, while Clarendon College tackle high-flying Excelsior High and Kingston College meet Wolmer’s Boys’ in the other matchups for a place in the semis.Rusea’s made a blistering start against Haile Selassie, scoring the opening goal 40 seconds into the action when Leonardo Fogarty thrashed a right-footed shot into the roof of the net.Not long after, they doubled the score when Nazime Matahie netted in the 17th minute, with the ‘Russians’ looking ominous with each ensuing attack.It got worse for Haile Selassie on the 37th minute mark as referee Danian Parchment pointed to the spot when a defender brought down Rusea’s midfielder Daniel Reid inside the area for Ronaldo Thompson to slot home to make the scoreline 3-0, effectively slamming the door shut on the Geoffrey Maxwell-coached unit.AHEAD BY HALF-TIME”We just had to protect the lead. By half-time, we had the game won, so there was no need to play high-octane football through to the end. I wanted to give rest to our players,” said Rusea’s coach Aaron Lawrence.”I honestly expected a lot more from Haile Selassie, but even then, I thought we played a brilliant first half to move on,” he said.Haile Selassie barely had a shot on goal as Rusea’s tactics to close them down early paid off.However, Coach Maxwell placed the blame for his team’s loss on what he said was interference from others in how the team was made up.”When you have too many people having a say in how the team is made up and who plays as against who does not, then it will affect the chemistry and the mindset of the players,” Maxwell said.”Tonight we saw that. We lost because the players in my mind have lost the belief. But aside from that, we have done well to get where we are in spite of the issues I mentioned,” he noted.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder was left utterly disappointed after a crushing 125-run defeat to India in their World Cup encounter in Manchester.On Thursday, West Indies bowlers came out with a reasonably good performance as they restricted the famed Indian batting line-up for 268/7 after Virat Kohli opted to bat at the Old Trafford.However, none of the Windies batters could stand against the formidable Indian bowling unit and were bundled out for mere 143. With the defeat, West Indies have been officially knocked out of the tournament with two matches remaining for them.”I thought the bowlers did a fantastic job on this surface. Just let ourselves down with the bat,” Holder said in a post-match interview.He also said that it was a great opportunity that they lost when wicketkeeper Shai Hope failed to stump MS Dhoni, who went on to score unbeaten 56 off 61 deliveries.When Dhoni was batting at eight, he charged down the track against Fabien Allen to go for the maximum but failed to connect. Hope couldn’t collect the ball and failed to stump out the 37-year-old despite him being yards down the track. He even missed a run-out opportunity as Dhoni stole a quick single in the process.”In hindsight, Dhoni’s (stumping) miss a crucial moment we didn’t seize. Let ourselves down significantly in this tournament. Missed a few chances in the field which cost us,” said Holder.Chasing 269 on a tricky pitch, Windies never found any momentum. Mohammed Shami removed Chris Gayle and Shai Hope inside the first seven overs and they never recovered from that early jolt and kept on losing wickets and eventually bundled out within 35 overs.advertisementHolder went on to say that they need to improve in all the three departments of the game, especially considering that ODIs is the weakest format for the Windies.”Batting was too inconsistent. I can’t fault the bowlers. We need to improve. This is probably our weakest format. Kemar Roach was outstanding today. Youngsters have chipped in here and there. Bowlers had a reasonable campaign. I can’t fault their efforts. Fielding, definitely has to improve. So does the batting,” said Holder.With just one win from seven games, West Indies are currently placed at the eighth spot. They will next play Sri Lanka on July 1 which will be followed by their last game in this World Cup against Afghanistan on July 4.Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni or Sarfaraz Ahmed? ICC asks whose catch was betterAlso Read | West Indies crash to lowest World Cup 2019 powerplay scoreAlso See
The holidays came early yesterday for kids in the LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program at Pacoima Charter School, when Ashley Tisdale made a surprise visit!Ashley Tisdale Visits LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program at Pacoima Charter SchoolDuring her time with the kids, Ashley helped them make holiday ornaments, signed autographs and spoke with the kids about the importance of giving during the holidays. She then presented each child with a PUMA backpack stuffed with shoes and other goodies including PUMA gift cards meant to be spent on presents for loved ones. The kids were overjoyed to see their favorite High School musical star and were excited to say that she helped them make their holiday ornaments!