Irwin 1 Green Pond 1 Maldon 0 St James 3 Knockalva 1 Frome 4 Lacovia 2 Maggotty 1 Munro 1 Newell 1 Cross Keys 1 Manchester 5 Belair 0 BB Coke 2 deCarteret 0 Mile Gully 1 Lennon 5 Thompson Town 0 Edwin Allen 3 Claude McKay 1 York Castle 0 Steer Town 0 Ocho Rios 0 Marcus Garvey 1 Brown’s Town 2 Aabuthnott Gallimore 1 Charlemont 2 Guy’s Hill 2 Dinthill 3 Bog Walk 1 Winston Jones 0 Denbigh 2 Porus High 0 Garvey Maceo 1 Foga Road 0 Glenmuir 3 Today’s games Robert Lightbourne vs Yallahs Paul Bogle vs St Thomas Tech Seaforth vs Morant Bay Kemps Hill vs Old Harbour Vere Tech. vs Tacius Golding Brimmervale vs St. Mary High St Mary Tech. vs Iona High Christiana vs May Day Alston vs Spalding Bellefield vs Holmwood Little London vs Grange Hill Maud McLeod vs Manning’s Godfrey Stewart vs Petersfield Herbert Morrison vs William Knibb Holland vs Spot Valley Muschett vs Cedric Titus Central vs Bustamante Fair Prospect vs Happy Grove Oracabessa vs Port Antonio Tacky High vs Horace Clarke High WESTERN BUREAU: A Heavy and persistent downpour made the Zone A ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup football game between Irwin High and Green Pond at Irwin a wretched experience, but in the end the 1-1 draw, according to the coaches, was a fair result. The rain had caused the field to be in puddles in certain sections by the scheduled kick-off time approached, and to make matters worse, it also accounted for the late arrival of the referee’s assistants. When they did arrive, the decision was taken to play two halves of 40 minutes each, as kick-off was already 40 minutes late. Forward Evardo Chambers missed two chances, but scored Green Pond’s all-important goal in the 37th minute. With their new coach, the experienced Anthony ‘Follies’ Williams, pulling the strings, Irwin went all out for the equaliser. It came with seconds left, following a mad scramble inside the six-yard box, which resulted in the ball rolling over the goal line and the referee signalling goal, with Green Pond’s goalkeeper, Kemar Ogle, left writhing in pain. He was eventually substituted and the game eventually ended in a 1-1 draw. “This is a work in progress for us,” stated Irwin’s coach Williams. “It was a spirited performance from the players and the wet conditions didn’t make it any better for us.” He added: “There is potential here and we are taking it match by match to see how far we can actually go. But I am all night with this draw, which could have been worse for us.” For Daley, however, it was two points lost. “We should have won the game hands down. We missed several chances to easily secure three points. But I will take this,” he said. Meanwhile, St James High joined Cornwall College at the top of Zone A with three points, after their 3-0 victory over Maldon, who are in last place in the zone. In Zone K, last year’s beaten finalists, Dinthill Technical, began their campaign with a 3-1 win over Bog Walk. Yesterday’s results
5. Joe Hart (Shrewsbury Town – Manchester City) £100,000 – While the England internationals stock may have dropped, after being jettisoned as Manchester City number one by Pep Guardiola, lets not forget how much of a steal Hart was. City paid just £100,000 for a 19-year-old Hart in 2006 following a recommendation from former England keeper Tim Flowers. Considering the price that is incredible value for someone who went on to become the number one keeper in a two-time Premier League winning side. 3. Brad Friedel (Liverpool – Blackburn Rovers) Free – The American is still the Premier League record holder for most consecutive appearances with 310 a majority of them coming in his eight year stint with Blackburn Rovers. After finding himself down the pecking order at Anfield, Graeme Souness brought Friedel to Ewood Park in 2000 for free. He was a crucial component at Blackburn before he left for Aston Villa in 2008 but must be considered a great value for money deal considering he was signed for nothing. 8. Manuel Neuer (Schalke – Bayern Munich) £19m – The archetypal sweeper-keeper arrived from Schalke in 2011 and has gone on to become arguably the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment. The honours that Neuer has racked up in his time at Bayern sum up what a great buy it was five Bundesliga titles, three DFB Pokals, the 2012 Champions League and lets not forget a the 2014 World Cup with Germany. Still has plenty of time on his side to win even more honours as he is 31 years of age. 10 10 1. Peter Schmeichel (Brondby – Manchester United) £505,000 – Hailed by then-Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson as the bargain of the century the Great Dane is probably considered one of the best bargains ever after signing in 1991. Considered the best goalkeeper during the 1990s Schmeichel was the man to keep net as Fergusons Red Devils began their era of English football dominance. Finished his Old Trafford career on a high when the club won the treble in 1999 and he surely has to go down as the best value for money goalkeeper of all time. 10 4. Neville Southall (Bury – Everton) £150,000 – The Welsh great joined the Toffees in 1981 and went on to become a legend on Merseyside. Southall more than justified his transfer fee by going on to make over 700 appearances for Everton and winning the first division twice, the FA Cup twice and the 1985 European Cup Winners Cup. He is still considered one of the best goalkeepers of all time. 10 6. Edwin van der Sar (Fulham – Manchester United) £2m – Despite being 34 years old Van der Sar was a massive success for Manchester United when he signed in 2005. The calm and composed keeper was exactly what the club needed and for such a small fee he must be considered a real bargain. Won a total of 11 trophies in his six years with United before retiring. 10 7. David de Gea (Atletico Madrid – Manchester United) £18m – Signed in the same summer window as Manuel Neuer, the Manchester United keeper just edges the German keeper in terms of value by being slightly cheaper and five years younger. Originally struggled to settle in as the Red Devils number one but after finding his feet De Gea has been stunning. While Manchester United may have endured some tougher times following Sir Alex Fergusons departure the club are still picking up trophies and you cant help but think where United would be if they didnt have the Spaniard in goal. 10 10 10. Petr Cech (Stade Rennais – Chelsea) £9m – Originally signed as back-up in 2004 to established Chelsea number one Carlo Cudicini, Petr Cech instead became a Stamford Bridge great. The former Czech Republic international won countless honours as starting keeper and is the club, and the Premier Leagues, all-time record clean sheet holder. Still going strong at Arsenal but Cech will forever be associated with his successful 11 year stay in West London. 10 10 Having a good goalkeeper in your ranks has never been more vital with Manchester City’s £35million move for Ederson a prime example.However, spending big doesn’t always guarantee you success and the pressure will be on City’s new Brazilian arrival to prove he is worth the money.Over time we have seen some excellent value for money goalkeeping buys – some have lived up to the pressure of huge fees while others have exceeded expectations despite being signed for relatively little money.Here we rank the ten best value for money goalkeeper transfers – scroll through the gallery above to see if you agree. 10 9. Oliver Kahn (Karlsruher SC – Bayern Munich) £1.73m – Though the transfer fee for Kahn in 1994 was a record fee for a goalkeeper at that time no one can doubt he was worth the money. The German went on to become a true great and is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of all time picking up eight Bundesliga titles, six DFB Pokals, and one Champions League in his 14 years at Bayern. 2. Gianluigi Buffon (Parma – Juventus) £33m – Buffon is loved worldwide and is hailed as one of the greatest goalkeepers ever seen. Despite signing for Juventus in 2001 for a world-record goalkeeper fee the legend has paid that back, and more, in his phenomenal years of service. He stayed loyal to the club when they were relegated in the 2006 Calciopoli scandal and has won countless honours during his time in Turin. Capped a record 168 times by Italy, Buffon is still going strong at the age of 39 and the World Cup winner will be greatly missed when he does decide to hang up his gloves.