Livingston ScottSTAR WriterSt Jago High School climbed to the top of Zone E in the FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup football competition with a 6-0 hammering of Kingston High at Breezy Castle yesterday.Second-half substitute Shaqon Bryan (67th, 86th, 88th) registered a hat-trick for the Spanish Town-based school, while Matthew Fisher (3rd, 12th) and Ryan Smart (44th) were the other scorers.St Jago’s Hayden Street was red-carded in added time, after denying a Kingston High player a clear goalscoring opportunity.The result pushed the Glen Laing-coached team to 16 points, three clear of Wolmer’s Boys’, whose game against Bridgeport at the Dunbeholden playing field was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.St Jago had defeated Kingston High 8-1 in their first-round meeting, and from the opening whistle yesterday dominated and created chances almost at will, but Smart was especially wasteful.Fisher got St Jago off the mark with a sweetly struck free kick from 20 yards after just three minutes. He then added a second nine minutes later when he got free inside the area to score from close range.Smart finally got his name on the scoresheet a minute before the interval, after a series of missed scoring chances. He netted on the second attempt after the goalkeeper had denied his initial effort.powerful strikerLaing introduced Bryan after the break and the striker went to work in a business-like manner. The speedy and powerful striker made it 4-0 moments after coming on, latching on to a sweet through ball from Fisher and firing past the Kingston High keeper.Four minutes from time, he finished off a fine dribble by Smart, who passed for him to score from six yards. He completed his hat-trick two minutes later with a rasping shot from 12 yards.Bryan, who had a hat-trick against Kingston High in the first meeting, said he wanted more, but did not get to start.”The aim was to score more, but the coach decided to bench me today. But coach knows best and his decision always works out at the end,” he said.Meanwhile, Laing thought it was easy pickings for his side, but thought they were far from their best.”We didn’t play as good in the first half as we did in the second half. We are a better team than this, getting six goals is a formality. we should have scored more,” he said.
Pune: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday formally announced the candidature of Mukta tilak — a scion of the Bal Gangadhar ‘Lokmanya’ Tilak family — as mayor for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).BJP Pune unit chief Yogesh Gogawale said the party chose senior Republican Party of India (Athawale) leader Navnath Kamble as it’s deputy mayor candidate. Ms. Tilak won her fourth successive civic election from the city’s Kasba Peth area. She was long touted as a sure-fire contender for the city’s top post.This time, the mayoral post in the PMC has been reserved for a woman candidate elected from the open category seat. The new civic body is to be constituted on March 15, with elections for the post of mayor and deputy mayor to be held and concluded on the same day.The BJP snared 98 of the 162 seats in the PMC, and 77 of the 128 seats in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.Ms. Tilak, with a strong base in the old Pune area, has been a BJP leader in the PMC since 2009.The choice of awarding the deputy mayor’s post to Mr. Kamble has come across as a surprise, given the BJP’s fraught relations with their smaller allies, like Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Paksha and Mahadev Jankar-led Rashtriya Samaj Paksha.However, unlike Mr. Shetti, who broke with the BJP to ally with the Shiv Sena in the Nashik civic polls, RPI (A) chief Ramdas Athawale allied with the party in the PMC polls. The BJP has also named Shrinath Bhimale as the leader of the party in the new civic body.
A day before a volunteers’ convention being organised by Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Aam Aadmi Party MLA Harpal Singh Cheema alleged on Wednesday that the event was being ‘sponsored’ by the SAD-BJP combine and the RSS.Mr. Khaira, who was removed from the post of the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, and MLAs who are supporting him are organising the volunteers’ convention at Bathinda on Thursday. The event is being seen as a show of strength by Mr. Khaira. “The convention to be held at Bathinda on Thursday is as an event sponsored by SAD-BJP-RSS and Bains brothers and has nothing to do the with Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and other leaders,” Mr. Cheema, the newly appointed Leader of the Opposition, said in a statement here. He said the use of photos and names of national leaders, MPs and MLAs on the posters, meant for the convention, was to ‘confuse’ AAP workers. ‘Anti-Dalit’ Terming the convention an ‘anti-Dalit’ event, the AAP leader said: “The State as well as (the) national leadership would have welcomed the convention if it was scheduled to raise the voice of Dalits, farmers, unemployed and against mafias of every kind.” Accusing the Bains brothers-led Lok Insaaf Party of trying to break the AAP, the Dirba MLA claimed that a few leaders of the AAP were trying to ‘kill’ their own party by allegedly getting influenced by Simarjeet and Balwinder Singh Bains.