Former national youth and New York Red Bull striker Junior Flemmings watched from the stands as his hometown club, Tivoli Gardens, carved out a 1-0 win over Maverley-Hughenden, courtesy of Elton Thompson’s added-time goal. This was in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game at the Edwards Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. The former Jamaica College Manning Cup captain, who is back home on holidays, starred for the Red Bulls’ affiliate team in the just-concluded USL season and, after his impressive debut campaign, has been called up to train with the first team. The highly-rated youth striker is not only confident of making the Red Bulls first team, but he also intends to establish himself as a professional and a senior national player this year. “So far, my journey (overseas) has been good and in the next couple of weeks, I will know what the interest (from Red Bulls first team) is. So far, it has been very positive with me getting into the first team. It’s just for me to go back in these next two to three weeks of preseason and show that I deserve to be in the first team,” Flemmings said. VERY CONFIDENT “I am very confident because of the feedback from coach Jesse Marsch, as the thing with Red Bulls is they like players with speed, and that’s what I bring to the table. When I get it (ball), I don’t hesitate, I go at people and make things happen,” he commented. Even though he is still recovering from a meniscus (knee) injury he got in the summer, he says he is ready to do what it takes to make the next step up. Flemmings also hopes to make his senior national debut this year. “I have received some words from them (national coaching staff) and they are looking to bring me into the team as soon as possible, but I am still nursing a knee injury. I think 2017 is the breakout year for me I am going to be 21 in a few weeks and I want it to be a good year and the year to start my profession career,” he said. Meanwhile, Thompson’s late strike gave Tivoli Gardens their eighth win in their last ten games as the West Kingston side stayed second with 35 points – three behind Montego Bay United, who stopped Waterhouse 2-1.
PASADENA — Marshall Fundamental football coach Johnny Lopez could not hide the frustration on his face as the seconds ticked away Thursday night. Not only had his Eagles been soundly thumped, 51-19, at the hands of the visiting Village Christian Crusaders, but Marshall (1-3) missed out on its opportunity to get back to .500 before league play begins next week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Village Christian trailed Marshall 13-8 in the first quarter, before scoring 28 unanswered points. It wasn’t until the final drive of the game, when the clock wound out, that the Eagles stopped the Crusaders. “We started out a bit slow,” Village Christian coach Marty Martin said. “But we were able to pick it up and actually have a pretty balanced attack. That’s what we’ve been trying to do.” The Crusaders (3-2) received solid efforts all around, especially from quarterback Rex Reinhard. The sophomore was 7 for 8 passing for 125 yards and two touchdowns. After Marshall had pulled to within 16 points, Reinhard’s 54-yard third-quarter strike to running back Christopher Handy seemed to break the Eagles’ will. “We’re just going to need to practice harder,” said Marshall quarterback Randall Rivers. “The defense needs to improve, the offense needs to improve. Man, everybody needs to improve.” It seemed early that Rivers and the Eagles would be involved in a high-scoring affair. Marshall opened the scoring early when Rivers hooked up with junior wide receiver Shawn Benn on a 47-yard touchdown pass. After a quick Crusaders score, Rivers connected with another receiver, senior John Butler, deep downfield for a 50-yard touchdown. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they wouldn’t score again until the game was out of hand. “We’re going to have nine days until our next game, when we open league play against Kilpatrick,” Lopez said. “Until then, we’re going to have to put this game out of our heads. Life goes on and we’ve just got to move on to our next game. But it can be frustrating.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It wasn’t our night,” Lopez said. “We just have to tighten up defensively. I really don’t know what happened out there.” In the span of only 12 minutes, a shootout turned into a blowout.