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first_imgIT was a fairy-tale finish for the South Ruimveldt Primary School side who lifted their maiden MoPH Smalta Girls U-11 football title yesterday at the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue.The underdogs of the match turned out to be the ones with the bigger heart as they overcame defending champions and tournament favourites, St. Angela’s Primary 2-0.St Angela’s started off hot and sweaty with their raids into the enemy half as the eventual champs weathered the storm.After the first few minutes, the South Ruimveldt side began to break plays up in the middle of the field and even produced some counter attacks of their own.However, the half ended scoreless and tense as many expected the favourites to be up by now, considering the chances they created.Champions! South Ruimveldt are champions of the 2017 MoPH/Smalta girls U-11 football tournament. (Adrian Narine photos)Many more were shocked when a Fayon Harry breakaway in the 18th minute found the back of the nets. The celebrations were wild and jubilant for the leaders and their fans.It would soon quell as one of their players handled the ball in the box, which resulted in a penalty for St Angela’s and a chance to draw level.However, the powerful shot off the foot of Nakasi St Jules, while on target, was diverted through a powerful header from the keeper.Things were going the way of the South Ruimveldt side as they were awarded a penalty as well for the same infraction and Harry converted; a doozy into the bottom left corner of the net which sent fans even wilder.This happened on the brink of time as the final whistle sent the parents scampering to greet their children.In the third place play off, West Ruimveldt won 2-1 via penalties against St Pius, after a scoreless game.last_img read more

first_imgSanogo strugglesWith the news that talismanic frontman Olivier Giroud was ruled out for three to four months with a broken tibia, many were wondering who can fill the void for Arsenal.Manager Arsène Wenger bullishly insisted in his pre-match news conference that the squad had more than enough depth to cope with the loss of the Frenchman and that he wouldn’t be dipping into the transfer market for a replacement. In this potentially tricky encounter at the King Power Stadium, Wenger opted to start with the more physical presence of Yaya Sanogo as the lone striker. A frustrating afternoon ensued for the forward as he failed to take opportunities to net for the visitors, due to a combination of poor composure and good goalkeeping. While Wenger has a good record in converting raw talent into superstars, with a notable example being Thierry Henry, the lack of a top quality striker means that the patience of Gunners fans continues to run thin.Ramsey makes his markSince the departure of Cesc Fàbregas to Barcelona in 2011, the Gunners have been searching for a player who fits into the same mould. During last season they looked to have uncovered this as Aaron Ramsey came to the fore, with a combination of speed, skill and quality finishing, as he notched 16 goals in all competitions. His importance to the team was outlined by the fact that during his absence through injury, Arsenal’s win percentage fell to 55. That momentum has continued into 2014-15 with a pair of crucial league strikes against Crystal Palace and Everton. With the inclusion ofSanti Cazorla in the starting line-up, the Welshman was implemented in a deeper role and his impact proved to be a hard-working display. Although much of the talk has centered around signings on the field, the addition of fitness coach Shad Forsythe may prove vital, as he looks to ensure that the exciting talent of Ramsey is available for all of the campaign.Leicester show their stomach for their fightWhen you looked at the fixtures awaiting Nigel Pearson’s side at the start of the Premier League campaign, you may have feared for their survival chances. The Foxes have defied all of their doubters in the opening credits of the season as they have produced a trio of good performances against teams competing for the top four spots. After twice coming from behind on the opening day against Everton and stifling Chelsea and Arsenal for long periods with an organised and energetic approach, Pearson’s team illustrated that they will be difficult to beat. Despite a lack of top-flight experience in their ranks, with a combined total of 550 appearances in their line-up, Leicester have a good team ethic and will look to build on this encouraging start.last_img read more