The answer? Easy. Place enough doubt in the minds of supporters of Portmore United as to whether the match would be played and force them to decide on the wisdom of spending scarce resources in attending a match at the other end of the island that might not take place at all! The result: sparse attendance by Portmore fans and a vocal and powerful 12th man that inspired local hero, Dino Williams, to score the 88th-minute goal that gave the home team the title. Few saw the strategy out of which victory evolved. I have no doubt that the wounded egos of the organisers and administrators of football in this country will guarantee that Mr Powell, and indeed, the team and fans of Montego Bay United, will be sanctioned. However, in my opinion, that will be a very small price to pay for the victory that occurred on Sunday night. To reach the final of the premier football competition in the island three years in a row and to win it twice is not an easy accomplishment. The architects of victory MUST be suitably and amply rewarded. In this regard, local footballers who STAY and play their football here (some eventually getting overseas contracts that improve their game) must be afforded the opportunity of playing for their country, a strategy that will enhance the importance of the local competition in the eyes of the paying public, instead of turning to so-called ‘Plastic’ Jamaicans, whose only allegiance to football in Jamaica is to play in the World Cup. To the Jamaica Football Federation, I say sanction Mr Orville Powell (and MBU) all you want, but understand that the ONLY way to improve local football and to get us back to the World Cup Finals is to invest in local footballers from the time they leave the Under-19 level and stop relying on ‘Plastic’ Jamaicans, who, once we are eliminated from World Cup Qualifying competition, are never heard from again, until …! Well done, MBU. Well done, rural Jamaica. There is indeed good football being played outside of the Corporate Area. VOCAL 12TH MAN Congratulations are in order for Montego Bay United (MBU), for their victory in Sunday’s final of the Red Stripe Premier League. The coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, and the players deserve victory as they outplayed fellow finalists Portmore United on the field in wet conditions. But what about the input of the real leader of MBU, Orville Powell? In assessing his role in the victory of a franchise that has reached its third final in three years, I am reminded of a quote I read some years ago from a Chinese philosopher, who is best remembered for his book – The Art of War – where he writes about how to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu said: “All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.” After winning the competition in 2014 and losing in 2015, Mr Powell realised the importance of the ’12th man’ – the fan support in finals. He got a part of his wish when the administrators of the sport decided to have the final in Montego Bay, the home town of his team. What apparently irked him was the decision of the administrators and the sponsors to have the game played at 4 p.m. on Sunday WITHOUT any input from any member of the MBU hierarchy, who, presumably, knows some-thing about the likes and dislikes of their fans. Mr Powell’s attempts at having the time changed failed. So his Plan B seemed to include how to minimise the support of his adversaries.
Pure Gold: Jason QuigleyEXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL’S greatest ever boxer Jason Quigley has thanked the people of Donegal for their support – with a massive homecoming party planned for the Twin Towns on Monday.The 22-year-old Finn Valley ABC Boxer was crowned Champion of Europe in Belarus on Saturday.And his success – coupled with the Nicky Rackard Final win by Donegal’s hurlers – has made it a glorious weekend for Donegal sport. The gold medal winner added the senior title to wins at junior and U-23 level and will hope to be Ireland’s welterweight representative at the World Championships in October.Our story on Jason’s win yesterday saw record numbers of people on Donegal Daily as we brought the result of his win to you first.The boxer was over the moon as he spoke of his triumph. And had a good laugh in the process.“I’ve won Junior and U-23 golds at European level but this is a man’s medal now,” he laughed. “It means Paddy Barnes and the boys can’t slag me any more about having an underage gold medal!” Jason beat Romanian Bogdan Juratoni, the No2 seed, in a pulsating final of the 75kg middleweight division.“I’ve had a hell of a week,” said Jason.“The plan was to go in and win the first round and it worked from there.“I beat the No1, the No4 and the No2 to win and it doesn’t get harder than that, so it makes it so worthwhile to win gold.”He may be coming home with two black eyes for his troubles but that won’t matter to the people of the Twin Towns. Donegal Daily can reveal that Jason will be a special guest at a homecoming parade on Monday with the Finn Valley Sports Centre expected to host the event.But there will be a homecoming in Dublin first – this evening at the airport.The Irish Amateur Boxing Association will hold a press conference at Dublin Airport immediately after welcoming home Ireland’s European Championships heroes.The ten-man Irish squad are due to arrive home via Dublin Airport at 7.40pm. John Joe Nevin (Gold), Jason Quigley (Gold), Paddy Barnes (Silver) and Michael Conlan (Silver) finished in podium positions at the 40th European Championships in Minsk, Belarus.Nevin also scooped the Boxer of the Championships award in the Belarusian capital.CHAMPION JASON THANKS PEOPLE OF DONEGAL FOR SUPPORT AS HOMECOMING PARTY PLANNED was last modified: June 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BallybofeyEUROPEAN CHAMPION! DONEGAL BOXER JASON TAKES GOLD IN U-23 FINALFinn Valley ABCJason QuigleyStranorlar