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One of RSPL’s ‘most intriguing’ finales ever – PFAJ’s Anderson salutes MBU as champions dominate awards

first_img COACH OF THE YEAR Montego Bay United Football Club captured the most awards at the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ)/Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) presentation ceremony on Thursday night at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. Chairman of the PFAJ Don Anderson described the season as one of the most interesting. “It has been one of the most intriguing coming to an end. MBU has been most consistent in three years by competing in the last three finals and winning two times,” Anderson said. “I salute MBU. However, Portmore’s Michael Binns scored a goal in the final that was worthy of a World Cup final,” he shared. He admitted that there were challenges along the way. “Personally, throughout my 37 years in administration, my firm belief is that off the field issues must be dealt with around the table. Football needs us all, so let us work together,” he also added. The 2015-16 champions collected the coveted title and winning cash incentive of $2.5 million, plus 35 medals, while beaten finalists Portmore United walked away with $1.5 million and 25 silver medals. Last season’s champions, Arnett Gardens, finished third and were rewarded $1 million and medals, while Humble Lion received $500,000 for their fourth-place finish in the 12-team league. MBU were the best defensive and top-scoring team. Their striker, Owayne Gordon, received four individual awards. Gordon, who missed the final last Sunday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall, received Round Three top striker for scoring 10 goals, the leading goalscorer with 20 goals, the Most Valuable Player and the Tony Burrowes Player Personality Award. MBU’s Jacomena Barrett won the goalkeeper of the year award for the third consecutive season, while former national player Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis won the Winning Coach award, and Dwayne Ambusley won the Winning Captain award. Marcel Gayle of first-time team in the Premier League the University of the West Indies FC, won the Coach of the Year award. Portmore United won the regular season award for the team that finished on most points and were also the team with the most wins. Junior Flemmings, who is on loan from Tivoli Gardens to MLS club New York Red Bull, was the Junior Player of the Year. MBU’s Dino Williams was the Round One top goal scorer with six goals, while Cory Burke, who started the season at Rivoli United before transferring to MoBay, scored the most goals (six) in Round Two. Boys’ Town FC won the FIFA Fair Play award, while the top referee was Valdin Ledgister and top assistant referee was Richard Washington. The RSPL best XI players were: Damian Hyatt (Arnett Gardens), Ladale Ritchie (MBU), Oneil Thompson (Arnett), Khareem Manning (Portmore United), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View), Ricardo Morris (Portmore), Andrew Vanzie (Humble Lion), Renae Lloyd (Arnett), Owayne Gordon (MBU), and Dino Williams (MBU).last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin County Councillor Jack Murray has said that Ireland cannot afford to be partitioned any longer and that a reunified island makes economic sense.Cllr Murray made the comments as he joined Letterkenny Mayor, Gerry McMonagle and Derry City Councillor Colly Kelly to erect billboards to the promote the upcoming Uniting Ireland conference which will take place in the Millenium Forum, Derry on 28th January.Cllr Murray said: “A United Ireland is not necessary for idealistic or historical reasons alone. At a time of deep recession, reunification makes perfect economic sense. “On such a small island with a population of less than 6 million people, we cannot afford to have two health systems, two education systems and the duplication of all public services.“Donegal, more than any other county, has witnessed the detrimental effect of two tax systems and two competing currencies in such a small state. We can no longer afford a ‘swings and roundabouts’ situation where Donegal and Derry businesses boost and decline according to the strength of the pound or euro.“The Uniting Ireland conference in the Millennium Forum on 28th January promises to an exciting event which will discuss Irish Unity from an array of differing perspectives.“Of particular interest will be contributions from Donegal-born Ulster Unionist MLA, Basil McCrea who will give his unique perspective on the debate. “He will be joined by former Donegal County Council Manager Michael McLoone who will talk of the effects of providing infrastructural services in a county which shares over 90% of its land border with the North.“Former senior civil servant, business leader and economist George Quigley will also speak along with human rights and women’s activist Inez McCormack and Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty and Martin McGuinness.“The event is the latest in a series of conferences which have taken place over the last 14 months in locations such as Britain, United States, Australia and cities across Ireland.“Previous events have generated huge interest and the Derry event will be no different. Entry is free of charge and is open to all members of the public.”The Uniting Ireland – Towards a New Republic – conference will take place on 28th January at 1.30pm in the Millenium Forum, Derry. ‘IRELAND CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO BE PARTITIONED’ – SINN FEIN was last modified: January 17th, 2012 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:Sinn Feinunited ireland conferencelast_img read more