Sterling hat-trick powers Clarendon to big daCosta Cup win

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Edwin Allen entered their opening ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup Group H football match against defending champions Clarendon College feeling pretty good about their chances. Their got one consolation – a successful penalty kick that was scored by Khimani Orr in the 26th minute. Joel Sterling left them travelling home feeling blue as he netted a hat-trick to lead Clarendon College to a 6-1 win. It began as expected. The champions were in a no-nonsense mood and quickly began to make their presence felt. In the sixth minute, Sterling fired home his first goal to give Clarendon College the lead. His second came in minute 69, and his third on the 77th-minute mark. Before then, Orr was asked to take a penalty awarded by the referee after a defender was adjudged to have committed a foul inside the area. He converted to make things a little more interesting. Thereafter, it was a matter of how many more goals the Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis-coached Clarendon College would score. That question was answered in emphatic style when forward Seigle Knight fired into the back of the net to make it 2-1 in the 27th minute, then at minute 35, as Roger Russell added his name to the scoresheet when his shot beat Edwin Allen’s Kajay Johnson in goal. Clarendon came out in the second half looking for more and they got it in the 63rd minute when Knight blasted home his second, and his team’s fourth, against an Edwin Allen team that looked dazed, due to the ease at which Clarendon carved through their defence. Thereafter, it was Sterling’s show. The sure-footed forward was dangerous in every attack and managed to close out his hat-trick with a lot of time left on the clock. “There is more to come from me this season,” said Sterling. “I am working hard. The team is working hard and we need to defend the title. “Scoring three goals in any match is a great feeling, so right now, I am enjoying it. But we will refocus for our next game against Kellits on Wednesday,” Sterling added. Davis was full of praise for his young striker, calling the result an outstanding one on which to build the season. “We won with a big margin, but it wasn’t as easy as it seemed. Every game in this group is like a derby, so it requires a special sort of attention from us. Today, the boys did well and now that we have bagged our first win, we are going to keep rolling,” said Davis. Sterling’s showlast_img read more

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Jose Mourinho walked to Old Trafford in a hoodie. And nobody recognised him

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho had to sneak into the Old Trafford stadium after the team bus got stuck in traffic ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H encounter on Tuesday night.Mourinho revealed how he walked with a hoodie on amidst thousands of fans and nobody recognised the Portuguese as he entered the Theatre of Dreams.Mourinho had arrived at the stadium before the team bus which came in at 7.09pm, less than an hour before the 8pm kick-off. It was then that he decided to brave the crowds and walk around half a mile under the cover of a hoodie.”We change hotel, it’s just around the corner. The players are in the bus for 45 minutes. I walked, with a hoodie, in the middle of the fans, nobody recognised me.”I took two minutes! What I do in two minutes walking, the players cannot do in 45 minutes on the bus,” Mourinho revealed before the game.The team bus is stuck in traffic again so Mourinho has decided to walk from the cricket ground to Old Trafford with his hood up! Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) October 23, 2018United meanwhile, were outclassed 1-0 by the Serie A giants and Mourinho made no effort to sugar-coat that reality, but his comments were a thinly-veiled critique of the club’s direction.”Juventus is champions for seven years, I think seven years in a row, two Champions League finals in the last four or five years and not happy with what they have, they want more, they want more,” the Mourinho told reporters.advertisement”They want more. They had (Gonzalo) Higuain and (Paulo) Dybala, they want more. They go for Ronaldo. They go for the best players in the world. Big club with a big past, with a big desire to have a big future,” he said.Mourinho conceded his team was “a bit” behind the level of Juventus and the elite.”To go to the Juventus level? Barcelona level? Real Madrid level? How can you reach that level? Manchester City level? How can you reach this level?” he pondered.Mourinho spent much of the pre-season criticising what he views as the club’s lack of investment in the transfer market despite spending close to 400 million pounds ($519.32 million)since he arrived at Old Trafford in 2016.Asked if United needed investment to reach the level of those clubs Mourinho replied bluntly “Yes”.RESULTSBack with a bang!Performance of the night? Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 23, 2018The Portuguese’s biggest frustration was the failure to bring in a major reinforcement in the centre of defence and it was perhaps no coincidence that he highlighted Juve’s two centre-halves, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci for particular praise.”Mr. Bonucci and Mr. Chiellini could go to Harvard University and give classes on how to be a central defender,” he said.Mourinho admitted when the draw was made he thought United would be battling with Valencia for runners-up spot behind Juve.”We knew it would be a fight with Valencia for second position,” the Portuguese, whose side are now five points behind Juventus but two ahead of Valencia in Group H, said.Despite the defeat, Mourinho was satisfied with his side’s performance.”We played against one of the biggest candidates to win the Champions League and we did the possible to get a different result, especially because the way we played in the second half,” he said.”Juventus managed to hide the ball from us and frustrated our intention to be positive. The second half we were more aggressive and that’s a big effort by the boys. We didn’t really have attacking options on the bench to try.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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