Malcolm grateful for ‘big game’ winning goal in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgThere were three beautiful goals on Sunday night in the Red Stripe Premier League match between defending champions Arnett Gardens and the struggling Waterhouse, but Kemal Malcolm’s took the crown and handed the points to Arnett Gardens as they emerged 2-1 winners.The win improved Arnett Gardens’ standing to second on 35 points, one ahead of Montego Bay United, who started the day in the lead but who were not scheduled to play until last night.Waterhouse, on the other hand, remained rooted at the foot of the table but played like a team on the rise.Talented midfielder Vishinul Harris opened the scoring in the 28th minute when he ran on to a wonderful defence-splitting pass, looked young goalkeeper Akeem Chambers in the eyes before displaying composure lacking in many forwards to calmly steer his effort to the left of the perplexed Chambers.Substitute Deandre Brown’s 59th-minute effort was even more beautiful, and he rifled a left-footer from inside the six-yard box to finish off a wonderfully worked free-kick played in by Romario Campbell.Malcolm’s 59th-minute effort, his 19th of the season, put Brown’s in the shade as he ran on to a perfectly measured ball from the pass master, Harris, before using his pace and footwork to leave substitute Dale Reid on his side like an overturned truck. He followed that up by sending Chambers the wrong way before steering home.”As you see, coming off the festive season, it was a rough one. During the festive season, we go out and we party, so the food and alcohol are still in me,” said Malcolm.”I always keep my focus because I know chances will always come with the pace I have, and my teammates always try to give the ball to me, so I always have the frame of mind to put away even one. Tonight, I got one, which is the winner, and I am very grateful for it,” the player, who looks to be enjoying his game, added.The man, who turned 26 last year, said that he was motivated by the magnitude of the match.”I have a thing for the big game. Waterhouse are at the foot of the table, but no matter where they are on the table, a match against them is always a big one, and top players always turn up in the big games, so I always keep the focus, and whenever I play a big game, I always want to come out on top. I always want to score one for my team,” the player who showed his predatory qualities as a schoolboy at St George’s College said.With the competition still in its second round, Malcolm, who also had spells with Meadhaven and Waterhouse, expressed the belief that this would be his best goalscoring season so far.”This is my best season so far. My first season with Arnett, I scored 10 goals, but we are not even in the third round as yet, so I think I can pass the 10-goal mark and make it my best so far. I want to impress because what I really want is a chance with the senior national team,” the former Jamaica Under-20 player said.Standings P W D L GF GA GD PtsPortmore 19 11 4 4 24 15 9 37Arnett 19 11 2 6 29 16 13 35MoBay Utd 18 9 7 2 29 11 18 34H Lion FC 19 7 8 4 15 13 2 29H.View 19 6 8 5 18 18 0 26Boys’ Town 19 7 4 8 21 26 -5 25Reno 19 5 8 6 18 24 -6 23UWI FC 19 6 5 8 18 26 -8 23Cavalier 19 5 6 8 14 18 -4 21Tivoli 18 5 4 9 23 26 -3 19Rivoli 19 4 6 9 19 25 -6 18Whouse 19 3 6 10 18 28 -10 15last_img read more

Win puts new life into West Indies cricket – Heaven

first_img DESERVE RESPECT President of the Jamaica Cricket Association Trevor ‘Billy’ Heaven believes the double victory by the West Indies men’s and women’s teams in the finals of the International Cricket Council’s T20 World Cup in Kolkata, India, yesterday has put new life into the Caribbean game. Captained by Jamaican player of the tournament, Stafanie Taylor, the Windies women won their first-ever T20 World Cup title, defeating Australia by eight wickets. A few hours later, the West Indies men’s team, with a mature knock from Marlon Samuels, won the ICC Men’s T20 title, defeating England in their final. “I want to commend the teams for giving us a double on the day, and I think both achievements were very, very remarkable and they put some new life in the West Indies,” Heaven said. Heaven also felt that it was an important moment for the Caribbean game. “If you look in the various territories at the turnout at the different venues and the different spots, it was simply fantastic. They went out there determined and they went out there knowing they have the talent, skills and determination to win that final, and from that standpoint, I think it’s a fantastic day.” Heaven said it was time for the West Indies women’s cricket team to be given the respect they deserve by the Caribbean people. “It’s a remarkable and historic occasion for women’s cricket in the world, and if you look at the teams they defeated, Australia, whether it’s the women’s team or the men’s team, Australia is always difficult to beat, so it’s a really difficult feat,” he added. “The women were motivated and they worked together as a team and they gave it their all. (Hayley) Matthews is a great talent going forward. She played a very mature game and supported Stafanie in a great way,” he noted. Heaven also singled out Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite, who hit four straight sixes to save the West Indies who entered the final over needing 19 runs to win. “Marlon Samuels played a very, very mature and brilliant innings. He read the game well. He knew he had to stay there, and irrespective of Brathwaite’s heroics in the last over, I believe Marlon set up the victory. Marlon stood there and he knew he had to be there at the end if West Indies had any chance at all of winning the cup,” he said. “That was Marlon at his best,” he added. He pointed out that the West Indies is the only men’s team to have won the T20 World Cup twice. “That’s also an achievement on our part,” he said. Meanwhile, Peter Lloyd, group marketing director of team sponsors, Digicel, said the telecommunications company was delighted with the teams continued success. “The ‘Windies’ teams fought hard and were rewarded with well-deserved wins against England and Australia – both formidable opponents. We wish all the West Indies teams continued success as we look to continue supporting them through our partnership with the West Indies Cricket Board.”last_img read more