Surprise package Jonathan Grant on cusp of semis in Manning Cup

first_imgIT’S an outcome few would have imagined at the start of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup season, but one of the competition’s surprise teams, Jonathan Grant High, sensationally moved within a point of qualifying for the semi-finals from Group K, after outclassing former champions Charlie Smith High 2-0 yesterday at Spanish Town Prison Oval, to lead Group K with six points.Now, the Spanish Town-based institution needs a mere draw in their final game against Calabar High to advance.Anelka Grandison sent Jonathan Grant ahead in the 32nd minute with a majestic strike past Charlie’s goalkeeper, Eric Robinson.Tyrone Small put the icing on the cake for Jonathan Grant with another delicate finish, after slipping through Charlie Smith’s defence like a ghost to tap in at the 61st.The goal sent the home supporters into ecstasy, as Jonathan Grant’s 12th man, their supporters, were fully in the game.Jonathan Grant defended deep, blocked goalscoring opportunities and continued their counter-attacking runs, which exposed Charlie Smith’s back line.Charlie Smith ended with 10 players, as captain Shaquille Notice saw straight red for violent conduct.The Jonathan Grant team only just advanced to the quarter-finals ahead of Norman Manley High after equalising in their eight-minute replay of their final preliminary-round match.Their only title in the local schoolboy competitions is a Walker Cup triumph in 1999, but they have toppled two former champions so far.”Good victory; all about preparation, planned preparation, and we executed,” said head coach Oneil Thomas.”We got harder fights from other teams, but we planned and prepared for Charlie Smith. We are on six points and still underdogs, and will take it one game at a time,” stressed Thomas.Meanwhile, former champions Excelsior High School returned to winning ways and maintained their hopes of advancing with a 5-1 drubbing of 2005 champions Calabar High in the 3:00 p.m. feature match, also at Prison Oval.Excelsior’s scoring was led by Voshawn Williams (15th, 48th), Thorne Buchanan (38th, 57th) and Christopher Thorpe (19th). Lenworth Reckford scored Calabar’s consolation.The result leaves Excelsior on three points and second in the group – on goal difference with Charlie Smith – while Calabar are out of the runnings.Excelsior assistant coach Xavier Gilbert credited his team’s scoring.”Jonathan Grant has put themselves in the driver’s seat. They are in a better position than us, so we just have to do what we have to do and hope for the best,” he said.last_img read more

Fruits vendor slapped with robbery charge

first_imgA fruit vendor of Bourda Market was on Tuesday slapped with three charges ranging from robbery to resisting Police arrest and disorderly behaviour when he made his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Fitzroy Gibson denied all three of the charges when they were read to him. The Police stated that on August 23, 2018, while in the vicinity of Robb and Bourda Streets, Georgetown, Gibson stole $15,000 from Sabrina Pilgrim.The Police also contend that on the same day and time, and in the same vicinity, Gibson resisted Police arrest and behaved in a disorderly manner towards the lawmen.The prosecution is contending that on the day in question, the defendant and her husband were walking in the vicinity of Robb and Bourda Streets when the accused pushed his hands into the woman’s purse and took out the money.After realising she was being robbed, the woman screamed for assistance and alerted a plainclothes Police rank. He attempted to arrest Gibson, but Gibson resisted arrest, resulting in the rank calling for back-up. Gibson was eventually arrested and charged.Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan fined the man $10,000 for disorderly behaviour, and $5,000 for court costs. He was also ordered to compensate the virtual complainant.last_img read more


first_imgA man who was found shouting obscenities in the grounds of a Letterkenny School has been jailed for two months.Letterkenny Court.Gerard O’Connor of no fixed abode appeared at Letterkenny District Court where he admitted public order offences committed at Loretto College, Convent Road Letterkenny on November 19th last. Inspector David Kelly told the court that a member of staff reported a male behaving in a threatening manner on the school grounds.The staff member said she was in fear. The court heard that when gardaí arrived O’Connor was sitting on the ground at the front of the school shouting obscenities. He was very aggressive and hostile and was arrested.The school was in session with up to 1,000 students attending classes.Judge Denis McLoughlin heard that O’Connor had 73 previous convictions.Solicitor Patrick Gallagher said O’Connor had gone to the grotto at the convent to say prayers. He said the 54-year-old single man has serious problems with alcohol and has made arrangements to see an addiction counsellor.Judge McLoughlin said he did not believed O’Connor’s issues should involve anyone else, especially the staff and students at Loretto Convent.He said that while he had to give some credit for an early plea he could not ignore the extent of the previous convictions.The judge sentenced O’Connor to two months in prison on the recommendation he receive appropriate counselling services.MAN JAILED FOR SHOUTING OBSCENITIES IN SCHOOL GROUNDS was last modified: November 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalGardaigerard O’ConnorLETETRKENNYobscenitiesSCHOOLlast_img read more