UWI hold off Tivoli in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgUWI FC held Tivoli Gardens to a 0-0 draw in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football match at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. The result lifted the university team to 39 points, while Tivoli inched up to 33. The home team was more dangerous throughout the contest, but resolute defending from the visitors kept their chances at a minimum. Their best opportunity fell midway the half when Andre McFarlane’s corner landed between a host of Tivoli players in the area, but no one could capitalise on the loose ball. UWI’s head coach Marcel Gayle thought his team showed character to get a hard earned point. “We are more mature in the league now. We will not always get a good game for 90 minutes, so today, we had to grind out a point. We went down a man early in the second-half and we showed courage and determination,” he said. “But we are coming off a loss on the road and we are still on the road and it’s wonderful to come to Tivoli and get a point. Going forward, these are the games we want to play, where we grind out victories and grind out a point, so this is a feather in UWI’s hat,” he added. Tivoli’s assistant coach Damion Gordon thought there was a lack of cutting edge from his team. “We should have won the game, but it’s football and we didn’t play with much urgency and we lacked the killer instinct. Tivoli, over years, had that killer instinct and we need to get it back,” said the former Tivoli captain. In another early game, Portmore (54) missed a great opportunity to go back atop the league after they were held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-threatened Reno (32) at Frome Complex. Reno took the lead twice through Renario Downswell (33rd, 84th). Portmore secured a point with strikes from Tremaine Stewart (70th) and Ricardo Morris (90th). Montego Bay United lead with 55 points. Yesterday’s Results Tivoli Gardens 0 UWI FC 0 Reno FC 2 Portmore United 2 Humble Lion 1. Harbour View 1. Waterhouse 2. Rivoli 1 Today’s game 8:40 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Boys’ Town at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complexlast_img read more

Valverde: No magic recovery for Messi

first_imgLionel Messi is not going to make a magical recovery and will be out for three weeks, says Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde.Messi fractured his arm in a heavy fall during Saturday’s La Liga win at home to Sevilla and will be out for the weekend’s Clasico clash with Real Madrid.Barcelona’s first game without their captain will be at home to Inter in the Champions League on Wednesday, though, with Valverde giving no clues as to how he will replace Messi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ousmane Dembele and Malcom have been touted as potential replacements for Messi but Valverde indicated Barcelona will have to share the responsibility. “We have to find a way to play without him,” Valverde told reporters. “We will certainly miss him, but we hope we miss him while winning.”You guys [the media] aren’t the only ones trying to find out how we will try to replace Leo. The coaches from the other teams are as well and I’m not going to give away what we are going to do.”We can’t have all the weight of Leo Messi on one player, we must do it all together. Messi is one of a kind but I think we have the players to step up and fill the vacuum.”He’s the best player, what do you want me to say? We depend on him, like we depend on others, but he is the best.”The doctors say about three weeks and sometimes people talk about getting back sooner. I’d love to say it will be magic and next week he’ll be back but I don’t think that is the case.”Lionel Messi Barcelona Sevilla La Liga 20102018Messi’s relationship with Jordi Alba has been one of the key factors in Barcelona’s play but the left-back does not intend to amend his style without the Argentina superstar.”Nobody can replace Messi – he is different and better than everyone else,” Alba said. “But we have to work as a team to go without him.”There are a lot of things people don’t see on the field. I feel stronger as a player with Leo on the field. But without him I’ll play the same way.”It will clearly be tougher without him but we have a good group and I expect us to do our best to play without him.”He is in good spirits. Nobody likes missing big matches like this as we just hope he misses as few games as possible and recovers quickly so he can rejoin us.”last_img read more