ELLSWORTH — This year’s Ellsworth Elks Soccer Shoot has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24.The event pits youth soccer players of all ages against one another in a shooting contest that provides a stern test of each player’s accuracy and power. More than 500,000 youth soccer players are expected to participate this year as Elks lodges across the country host qualifying tournaments in the coming weeks.Competitions are divided into boys’ and girls’ divisions with U8, U10, U12 and U14 classifications provided for each. The winners from each classification will advance to a district competition, where they will have a chance to reach the state and then regional championships.Hancock County had one particularly noteworthy contestant last year as Jacob Bagley of Hancock won the local, district and state crowns at the U12 level. The wins earned Bagley the chance to compete in the regional championships in Colonie, N.Y., last November.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe competition will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School’s Del Luce Stadium. There is no charge for entry.
Looking back at the game, he said that although Portmore created some good chances, it was down to his team turning over the ball a lot. “A lot of their chances were as a result of turnovers. We have to correct the mistakes and come back,” he said. UWI should welcome back the experienced duo of defender Kemar Flemmings and midfielder Dawyne Smith, who missed the game due to different reasons. “We will have back Flemmings, who missed the game because of a one-match suspension, and Rick (Smith), who had work commitment. They will make the team stronger,” Peart explained. Patrick Brown, who entered the field as a substitute in the second half, scored the all-important goal. “It is a semi-final, so to come off the bench and score the winning goal is a great feeling,” Brown said. “We have to go back and focus on the second game. We will continue the good work and move on to the final,” he added. Meanwhile, losing coach Linval Dixon rued the missed chances. ‘We missed a lot of chances that we should have scored and it came back to haunt us,” Dixon reasoned. “We have to get ourselves ready for the second leg,” he added. In the other first-leg semi-final, Arnett Gardens face off against Humble Lion at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town tonight, starting at 8. The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC made a bold step towards a place in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final when they staged a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Portmore United yesterday at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon. Portmore took the early lead when Ricardo Morris netted in the third minute. However, Girvon Brown equalised when he scored a header in the 22nd minute. Substitute Patrick Brown scored the winner in the 68th minute. The Portmore team had some clear chances to score, but were let down by faulty shooting from Morris, Cleon Pryce and second-half substitute Maalique Foster. UWI’s assistant coach, Andrew Peart said that it was a good feeling for his team after ending a four-game win-less streak during the late part of the preliminary stage. “Yes, we are satisfied with the team’s performance and victory, based on previous games in which we failed to win,” Peart told The Gleaner. He admitted that it was a slim lead, so the two-way tie was far from over. “We are fully aware that a one-goal lead is not much to play around with. We will go back home and prepare for the return game that is set for our home turf,” the coach said. GOOD CHANCES