Although he thought they should have taken the three points from Haiti, which ended with 10 players, he felt the result was fair. “We can’t just assume that because the other team went down to 10 men that we are going to win the game and we don’t want to feel comfortable getting a point either. The result is a reflection of the game. We had the better of the chances and maybe should have won the game, but they gave it their all and their best and Haiti did the same, so it was a fair result,” he said. “Both teams played well and went at each other from end to end. We did well to dominate the game, we had significant moments for portions of the game. It was the kind of game we expected from Haiti, but it’s the kind of game that will help our boys get stronger as the competition progresses,” he added. FAIR RESULT Jamaica need only a point from their final Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 Championship Group A game against hosts Trinidad and Tobago at the Ato Boldon Stadium this evening – starting at 7:30 p.m. – to secure their place in the CONCACAF Finals, set for next April and May. The young Reggae Boyz share the lead in the group with Haiti on four points, but lead with a better goal difference. Trinidad & Tobago are next with three points, after coming from 2-0 down to defeat Bermuda 3-2. A draw for the Andrew Edwards-coached team would ensure at least a second-place group finish and a place in the semi-finals, which also guarantees them passage to the CONCACAF Finals. “We can never guarantee results, but we want to guarantee our supporters that we will be giving the best effort. We have scouted the Trinidad team, and we have prepared our technical plan. We have worked out how we want to play against them in offence and defence and in transition, and we believe we are a better team, man for man,” he assessed. “But they will have crowd support and we expect the stadium to be full to capacity and for them to give us a real fight, but we know that we have to go out and perform really well, and if we do that, the result will favour us,” he commented.
There has been “deep hurt” amongst retained firefighters as they remain the only frontline organisation not to receive 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medals.Chairperson of Donegal County Council’s Environment and Emergency Services Committee, Cllr Jack Murray, has expressed his frustration at the continued denial of 1916 commemorative medals to firefighters across the state.Cllr Murray said he had discussed this with local firefighters and that they had expressed their deep hurt at the decision. “In 2016, marking the centenary of the 1916 Rising, the state presented medals to the serving members of front line emergency services; An Gara Siochana, the Defence Forces, the Civil Defence, the National Ambulance Service and auxiliary fire service,” Cllr Murray explained.“Every person who serves in front-line emergency services received a medal – apart from the vast majority of retained and full-time firefighters. That is an insult to the people who risk their lives on duty while protecting others.“I understand that the National Retained Firefighters Association has been highlighting this issue for some time and that they have written to Minister Murphy.“It is incredible that this glaring omission has still not been addressed. “I am glad that so many of our frontline emergency services personnel were honoured but I am extremely disappointed at the insult and hurt that this situation has heaped on firefighters.“As chairman of the council’s environment and emergency services committee, I have committed to moving a motion on this issue at the next full sitting of the council and I will highlight it at every opportunity possible.”Disappointment as firefighters the only front-line organisation not honoured with 1916 medals was last modified: February 2nd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:1916centenerycommemorationfirefightersJack Murray