The Wright View: Powell’s stroke of genius

first_img 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.last_img read more

SOCCER NEWS: CAPPRY DEFEATED BY WHITESTRAND UNITED AFTER PENALTY SHOOT-OUT

first_imgCAPPRY ROVERS NOTESSENIOR TEAMCappry Rovers 0 Whitestrand United 0 ( Whitestrand United won 5-4 on penalties )Cappry Rovers and Whitestrand United played out a scoreless draw in an entertaining F.A.I. Junior Cup game played in perfect conditions at Cappry Park.Cappry had numerous chances in the first half but couldn’t finish due to a few misses, good defending and the good goalkeeping of Paddy Kelly in the visitors goal.In the second half chances were few and far between also the same in extra time. Extra time produced little of note either so the tie went to penalties.Whitestrand United prevailed to go through to the next round of this season’s Cup. A Team Performance from Cappry Rovers. Paul Lynch, S.P. Gallagher and Paddy Kelly were best for Whitestrand United. Referee: Paddy Melaugh.Senior training is on Wednesday evening. Players to be on the pitch for 7.30pm.CAPPRY ROVERS UNDER 16’sWell done to our under 16’s who got their league campaign off to a winning start with a 5 -0 win over Convoy Arsenal in Convoy on Saturday morning. Goal scorers for Cappry were Karl Doherty 2, Karl McGlynn 2 and Shaun Rodgers. CAPPRY ROVERS LOTTOLast weeks lotto numbers were 13, 16, 22, 23. There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Sadie Rose, The Park, Blue Cedars.Next weeks jackpot is €850. Remember if you’re not in you can’t win!! UNDERAGE TRAININGKeep an eye on our facebook page for training times as there may be some changes this week due to the All-Ireland Final.AIRTRICITY WALKThe annual Airtricity 10k windmill walk takes place on Saturday 27th September.Cappry Rovers are looking for walkers to walk on behalf of the club.Because we are not issuing sponsorship cards we would like if adult walkers could pay a €10 registration fee with all underage players paying €5. Family discounts available.You can register by texting Kevin 086 6008204 or Danny 087 7797581.GOOD LUCKAll at the club would like to wish our Senior and Minor County teams the best of luck in their battle with the Kingdom this weekend in Croke Park.We would like to especially extend our good wishes to local players Frank McGlynn, Marty O’Reilly and Stephen McMenamin. Time for Sam to come home lads.CAPPRY COMMUNITY CENTREThe Cappry Community Centre is available to rent for parties, meetings, classes etc. Competitive rates available. Contact Kevin Coyle on 086 6008204 to bookSOCCER NEWS: CAPPRY DEFEATED BY WHITESTRAND UNITED AFTER PENALTY SHOOT-OUT was last modified: September 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CappryNoticessoccerlast_img read more