EXETER, England (AP):Brad Smith scored for Liverpool in the 73rd minute as the English Premier League side twice hit back to draw 2-2 with fourth-tier Exeter in the FA Cup yesterday.Liverpool have never lost to fourth-tier opposition but were just 17 minutes away from making unwanted history.Tom Nichols put Exeter ahead in the ninth minute and despite Jerome Sinclair’s equaliser three minutes later, the hosts retook the lead on half-time through Lee Holmes. Smith then got the second equaliser for Juergen Klopp’s side.”It’s obvious what we have to learn in the future,” Klopp said to the BBC. “We have to be more robust. It was a difficult pitch. Exeter did really well. Maybe they know which part of the pitch you can play football. It was really difficult for us. On one-on-one situations they were more robust than our guys.”Klopp selected a squad that had 17 changes from the League Cup semi-final victory at Stoke on Tuesday against a side 76 places beneath them.Exeter went ahead when Nichols stretched for a low pass across goal from Jamie Reid and poked the ball into the bottom corner.Liverpool were level three minutes later when Exeter did not clear the ball and Sinclair steered it low past goalkeeper Robert Olejnik.Christian Ribeiro headed wide when unmarked for Exeter who retook the lead on half-time when Holmes scored direct from a corner after Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan misjudged the flight of the ball.Olejnik pushed a firm header from Christian Benteke over the bar and Liverpool equalised again when Smith hit a first-time shot into the net.
Month: February 2020
FOLLOWING last Saturday’s start of the 2016 athletics season with the Purewater/JC Invitational and the Herbert Morrison First Chance meets, action will switch to three venues today, with all three meets starting at 8:30 a.m.In the Corporate Area, the National Stadium will play host to the Douglas Forrest Invitational, while in central Jamaica, Manchester High will host the Charlie Fuller Field Events. The JAAA/Puma Development meet will take place at nearby Windalco, Kirkvine.All three meets will be used as qualifiers for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships to be held between March 15-19 at the National Stadium and action is expected to move into another gear today as all three meets are expected to be well represented, with the top high school teams to be on show.At Manchester High, all the throwing events will be contested. At the Douglas Forrest meet, there will be both track and field events, with the track events being the 200m, 800m, 1500m, 400m hurdles with the high, long, and triple jumps being contested in the field.Over at Windalco, there will be no field events, but the scheduled 200m, 400m, 800m and 4x800m relays are sure to excite.
This was the second-longest winning streak in Girls’ Champs history, behind Vere Technical’s 15.All of Holmwood’s victories came under former head coach Maurice Wilson, who has served as technical leader of Jamaica’s senior track and field team, and is also a senior lecturer at G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports.Holmwoods’ last victory came in 2013, Wilson’s final year in charge of the team, and since his departure the team has struggled to remain in the top three, finishing a disappointing fourthat the last twooutings.Wilson’s long-time assistant coach Dave Anderson, who has been in the programme for the past 17 years, has been given the mantle to try and revive the programme. He was promoted to the head coach position at the start of the season and he is very confident of restoring pride at the institution.”This will be a new challenge for me and I am up for it, and after finishing fourth in the past two years, my aim is to ensure that the team move from fourth to a positive position, and based on the work the girls have been putting in so far, I am very confident that we will go higher than fourth,” said Anderson.Two of his best middle-distance athletes in Shanieke Watson and Lisa Buchanan, who scored major points for them over the past few seasons, have left, but Anderson thinks he still has enough ammunition to continue to do well in this area.”The young ones have done well so far at the various meets, and I am confident they can fill the shoes of those two girls, and we do have people in all three classes who can hold their own,” he continued. “We are very strong right across the board, and we have been doing well on the track and our strength is in this area, but we do have quality people in the field events.””Being fourth for the past two years has been an unfamiliar position for us, and we think we have a team that can challenge for the title. When you look on second and third for the past two years it is around 17 points separation here and because we have not executed well on the days, especially the final day, we have finished fourth, but once we do execute well, I am confident we can move up.”