Shamar Nicholson scored in his fourth successive match to give Boys’ Town their first win in five matches in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), beating newcomers and former table-toppers Jamalco 1-0 at The Barbican Sports Complex, yesterday.The lanky striker, who scored in successive losing efforts against Harbour View, Montego Bay United and Portmore United, finally saw his goal give his team some much-needed points and he said there is more to come.”It’s a good feeling, knowing we lost our four games and to come and win the fifth game and get the MVP is a good feeling. You can’t imagine how I feel!” he told The Gleaner.The 19-year-old, who is in his third season in the RSPL, says he feels at home in the league, and with his team relying heavily on him to get goals and points, he expects to carry on his form and continue to deliver through the season.”I expected this performance because, throughout the pre-season, it was just hard work and this just don’t come like this. It takes hard work. My team is looking up to me a lot and I have been doing the job, but we have been making basic mistakes, but we are working on correcting those errors. So you can expect better from Boys’ Town,” he said.Boys’ Town started brightly and were rewarded for their early spark when Nicholson turned his marker and unleashed a well-placed shot past Levar Williams in the seventh minuteOVER THE TARGETJamalco eventually came into their own and created a few openings, the best of which fell to Akeem Henry on top of the area, but he placed his effort just over the target.Nicholson continued to be Boys’ Town’s biggest threat after the break, forcing Williams into a diving save from Xavian Virgo on 58 minutes, then curling a shot just wide minutes later, before heading just wide of the target from a corner. However, they held off wave after wave of attacks from the visitors, although goalkeeper Kirk Porter was rarely threatened despite Boys’ Town being on the back foot.Boys’ Town coach Andrew Price believes the win was long in coming and complimented his team on their collective work defensively.”I told them as long as we start getting clean sheets, we are going to start winning games … and we defended well collectively,” he said.He also praised Nicholson for stepping up, but issued a hands-off warning to local suitors who might be thinking of prying away the young striker in the January window.”He’s a big player. I told him that being the top striker on our team, he has to get goals. Every game he should get one goal, and if he can get two or three, which he should, then that would be a plus. But there are always going to be suitors (local), but we will only be looking at offers from overseas,” he said.
Harry Kane in action for Tottenham 1 If this is what football is like in 2015 – we’re in for a treat!A Harry Kane inspired Tottenham came from behind to beat Chelsea 5-3 at White Hart Lane in New Year’s Day’s final Premier League fixture.Diego Costa gave Chelsea the lead after 18 minutes, the Spanish striker latched onto Oscar’s shot, after Eden Hazard had hit the post, and guided the ball into the back of the net.Spurs looked dejected after the goal but the home crowd were soon roused when Kane got the home side back into the match after 30 minutes. The 21-year-old’s rasping right-foot shot beat Thibaut Courtois in the Blues goal, as the White Hart Lane faithful burst into life.Danny Rose gave Spurs the lead when he smashed home Nacer Chadli’s re-bounded shot just before the half-time break, and things got even better just moments later.Gary Cahill clattered into the back of Harry Kane inside the box and referee Phil Dowd had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Andros Townsend stepped up to take the half-time score to 3-1.Kane started the second-half like he finished the first and notched up his second after 52 minutes. The youngster turning well inside the box and cooly slotting the ball past the Courtois to enhance the home side’s lead.Chelsea weren’t going to go down without a fight though and Hazard, who was superb throughout the encounter, smartly finished after 60 minutes took the score to 4-2.But Tottenham, and that man Kane, weren’t finished. He skilfully slide though Chadli who fired home to take the score to 5-2.John Terry scored a late consolation goal to make the scoreline look more respectable but, in truth, Spurs were fully deserving of their victory.The result sees Chelsea remain top of the Premier League table, but only alphabetically, from Manchester City, while Tottenham move up to fifth, above their north London rivals Arsenal.
Fine Gael TD for Donegal North East, Joe McHugh, has made a direct pitch to the group of American legislators who now hold the key to the futures of 50,000 Irish citizens who live in the USA without documentation.Joe McHugh TDThe Immigration Reform Bill 2013 has been passed by the Democrat controlled US Senate, and is now before the US House of Representatives, where the Republican Party holds a parliamentary majority.Boston College and the US State Department brought Deputy McHugh and eleven other policy makers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to Boston and Washington DC in September to contribute to the Joined-up and Crosscutting Thinking in Policy Development Programme. Whilst in Boston and Washington, Deputy McHugh met with immigration reform advocacy groups and with a number of Congressmen and American political leaders to push for visa status for Irish citizens who are undocumented in America.Deputy McHugh said: ‘The US Senate has passed the Immigration Reform 2013 Bill, which offers visa status to immigrants who live in the USA without documentation.“The legislation will become law if it is passed by the US House of Representatives and then signed by President Obama. President Obama has indicated that he will sign the Bill, so its enactment now relies on the House of Representatives, which has a Republican Party majority.“Members of the House of Representatives now hold the key to the futures of 50,000 Irish citizens who live in the USA without documentation, 12,000 of whom live in the greater Boston area. Enactment of this legislation would enable undocumented Irish citizens to return home to visit loved ones, without fear of not being able to get back into the USA’. Deputy McHugh pointed out that deportation of the 11 million people who live illegally in the USA would cost the American taxpayers $285 billion.“I emphasised this point to Congressmen whom I met in Boston and Washington DC earlier this month, including Congressman Kevin Brady (Republican, Texas), Chairperson of the Congress Joint Economic Committee, who described the immigration reform legislation as ‘difficult but doable’. I also emphasised the increased contribution that the 50,000 affected Irish immigrants would be able to make to America, were they to be granted visa status.“I will continue to engage with the legislators whom I met about this Immigration Reform Bill, and this week I have written to 41 key Republic Congressmen, to emphasise the benefits for America of enacting the new law.“I have also raised the matter in the Dáil this week with An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, who is making a strong case for reform on behalf of the Irish Government.” AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM IS DIFFICULT BUT DOABLE – McHUGH was last modified: September 27th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Joe McHughUS Immigration Reform