WESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay United (MBU) FC not only lost their chance of advancing to the next round in the CFU’s Caribbean Club Championship by losing 1-0 to Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC on Sunday night, they also may lose the services of red-hot striker Owayne ‘Turtle’ Gordon for at least three weeks.Midfielder Darren Mitchell’s 87th-minute strike was the decisive factor as MBU ended with 10 men after the sending off of centre back Winston Wilkinson for a second bookable offence.DECIDING GAMEBoth teams had beaten the other group contender, Cayman Islands’ Scholars FC, and their Sunday night clash was the decider. Central FC had won 6-0 over Scholars, while MBU had won 4-0.Gordon was replaced in the first half after he was accidentally poked in the left eye by a Central FC defender.”We took him to see an ophthalmologist and the diagnosis is that he suffered what they say is a laceration of the eyeball, meaning that he was scraped in the eye, most likely from a fingernail,” said Sandra Christie, the club’s chief operating officer.The injury could keep the player off the field for close to a month and comes at a most inappropriate time for both player and club.MoBay United are currently leading the Red Stripe Premier League with 55 points, one more than Portmore United, who drew 2-2 away to FC Reno in their Sunday fixture. But the Montego Bay club has played one game less, while boasting a league-leading 45 goals.Gordon, for his part, has been in sensational form, racking up seven goals in his last three outings for the club, including back-to-back braces in the Premier League before exploding for a hat-trick against Scholars FC of Cayman in last Wednesday’s opening Group Three match in the Club Championship.He has also become the focal point in attack for MoBay United in the absence of Dino Williams, who inked a season-long deal to play football in the United States.”Gordon’s injury does not sit well with the club. In fact, we are totally unhappy with the officiating in this match,” said Christie, adding that Cuban referee Marcos Despaign was not of a quality befitting such levels.”The referee, it would seem, never had an angle on the game. How can a player be seriously injured in the eye and you telling him to get up and play?” she questioned.
Last Saturday at Otway, Noel Kiernan’s Captain’s day went off with military precision, with members battling against some tough windy conditions and some nasty pin placements in search of the elusive captain’s prize. With excuses flying all over the place, it was the cool head and steady hand that got local man Daniel Mattewson over the line to claim the big prize with 40 stableford points, impressive in the conditions. Daniel just pipped another ‘local’ Fr Martin Collum into second place with 38 pts on BoT from Dave Hughes who claimed 3rd spot. Arthur Morisson won the gross, with the nines going to Paul Murray and Martin Duffy. Dan Canning won the longest drive, with Paddy Lynch getting nearest the pin. The visitors prize went to Francie McFadden, and the juveniles was won by Marcus McClafferty, just ahead of Aoife Gallagher in second. First for the ladies was Flo McGivern who just pipped Angela Harvey into second spot on BoT. Congratulations to all the winners, and to Noel and Sharon, and the young Kiernans, for the fine food presented to the weary participants after their efforts, and the entertainment into the night. Congratulations also to the Donegal League team on their 3 and a half matches at home in their first leg match against Bundoran, and best wishes to the team in the away leg. This Sunday it’s back to normal competition for members in the Franklin Cup, a singles stableford format. Before that, the club’s annual fundraising ‘Night at the Races’ takes place in John T’s Beachcomber Bar when all members and ‘Friends of Otway’ are urged to come along and support the night, enjoy the craic, and maybe even win a few pound ! GOLF NEWS: OTWAY CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 15th, 2012 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:OTWAY GOLF CLUB NOTES