Boyz beaten 3-1 in Gold Cup final – Mexico gain seventh hold on trophy

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first_img AUSTIN’S YELLOW CARD Awards PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: THE CONFETTI, the fireworks moment was not the one they had hoped for, with their players not on the podium. Jamaica’s dream of a historic CONCACAF Gold Cup turned into a nightmare at Lincoln Financial Field last night as its much-vaunted defence caved in for a 3-1 loss against Mexico in the 13th final of the Confederation championship. Mexico took the lead at the 31st minute when Andrés Guardado sent a powerful shot past goalkeeper Ryan Thompson into the roof of the Jamaican net. Things went from bad to worse early in the second half as horrendous defensive blunders by centre half Michael Hector led to goals from Jesus Corona at the 47th and Oribe Peralta, with 61 minutes on the clock. By then, the game was as good as over. However, Darren Mattocks, a goal hero in Jamaica’s landmark 2-1 win over the United States, came up trumps for the second game running by scoring at the 80th minute to hand the Reggae Boyz a consolation goal. Mexico were lifting an unprecedented seventh title. The United States (five) and Canada (one) are the other tournament winners. Mexico won two other awards as Guardado took the tournament MVP and Corona the Bright Future Award. Jamaica, though, did not go away empty handed as they lifted the Fair Play Trophy. Coached by German Winfried Schäfer, Jamaica had beaten the Americans 2-1 in the semi-finals to notch several firsts on their way to the final. Without creating an open shooting chance, the Reggae Boyz had a few near misses with balls played across goal inside the first half. The chances, three of them, came literally seconds apart between the eighth and ninth minutes when Simon Dawkins barely missed a free kick whipped in by Rodolph Austin. Then Dawkins again failed to get a boot to a cross from Giles Barnes. Within seconds, Garath McCleary cut back a ball that flew among several players in front of the Mexican goal. Then in the 14th minute, McCleary crossed to Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff at the back post. The latter aimed a headed pass at Adrian Mariappa, but the overlapping wingback was just offside. That was one of several decent build-ups by the Jamaicans, who pressed Mexico deep to gain an advantage in ball possession and looked more dangerous up to the 15th minute. Mexico started using the width and more long passes to make room. It gave them time to build their game with swift inter-changing and snappy passes. First, they were able to ease the pressure then started coming forward more. By the 28th minute, they had three good looks on goal, with Corona having a header saved, then chipping a shot over the bar. Jesus Duenas also had a shot charged down. Then came the opening goal. Following a miscued goal kick, Rodolph Austin picked up a yellow card on a foul, trying to prevent the Mexicans from breaking quickly on goal. The game was stopped for a while and the defence went to sleep. The pass from the spot kick near half-line was played wide right to the unmarked Corona. He delivered a cross of pin-point accuracy to the onrushing Guardado, who guided the ball firmly one time just inside the left post. Goalkeeper Thompson had no chance. The second half started disastrously, and within 16 minutes, central defender Michael Hector made two horrendous mistakes that led to two goals, and with Mexico 3-0 up at the 61st minute, the game was over. At the 47th, he tried to dribble out of defence, lost possession to Corona, who went forward then hit a shot across Thompson to score. Then at the 61st, Hector, unmarked, attempted to clear a grounded pass. He miscued and the ball went behind him to Peralta, who steered the ball past Thompson.last_img read more

Vacancies: Letterkenny company seeks Chief Technology Officer & Business Development Manager

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first_imgArklu, the company behind Lottie dolls, which are based in the Colab on the Port Road, Letterkenny are recruiting two experienced individuals to join the senior management team.Arklu are currently recruiting for a Chief Technology Officer and a Business Development Manager.Team Lottie are passionate about preserving the magic of childhood with the award-winning ‘Lottie’ doll range that is sold across the world. We are recruiting for our head office in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. The roles are permanent full-time, and both roles provide an excellent opportunity to develop your career in tandem with the growth of this exciting SME. Be part of a vibrant team making a real difference, who are at the forefront of innovation in the toy industry! For more information, please visit our website www.lottie.com.To apply, please email HR@arklu.com with a CV and cover letter. Arklu is an equal opportunities employer. Closing date for applications is close of business on Monday, 5th February.Chief Technology officerLocation: Letterkenny, Co. DonegalSalary: CompetitiveTerms: Permanent, Full-TimeReporting to: Managing Director Role Description• Member of the Senior Management team, taking full ownership of implementing our e-commerce business• Digital Marketing• Create, manage and execute strategies to drive online traffic across B2B and B2C E-commerce platforms• Daily data analytics insights• Weekly KPI targets on the impact of the implementation of the daily data analytics insights• Seek to improve the usability, design and content and conversions of our various country-specific websites, as well as the launch of a wholesale website• Championing the use of the ERP system among the whole team, also ensuring that the ERP system is always fully-synced up with everything else in terms of finance, inventory and customer relationship management• IT risk management implementationCandidate Profile• A highly-organised and adaptable self-starter who works to own initiative• Proven track record of leading and implementing the digital strategy• Proven record in increasing online activity• Ability to develop and lead a small team to achieve the business strategy• Financial awareness and departmental budget management• Strong attention to detail/accuracy and excellent analytical skills• Consistently delivers quality outcomes in a timely and professional manner• At Least 6 years relevant experience in a similar role in a fast-paced environment• Extensive experience in digital marketing on Facebook and Google platforms• Relevant 3rd level qualification requiredThis role is ideally suited to someone who has come from a large agency in Dublin or abroad and considering returning to live in the North West. Business Development ManagerLocation: Letterkenny, Co. DonegalSalary: CompetitiveTerms: Permanent, Full-TimeReporting to: Managing DirectorRole Description• Core member of the senior management team responsible for Identifying and building new partnerships as well as maintaining and strengthening current relationships• Identify opportunities for campaigns, independent retailers, key accounts and distribution channels that will promote the growth of the company• Support and monitor the implementation of growth opportunities and brand development• Formulate and ensure execution of a strategic business development plan• Daily data analytics insights• Proactive identification and implementation of operational efficiency• Managing our CRM system Candidate Profile• A highly-motivated, self-driven individual who works to own initiative• Proven track record of leading and implementing a business strategy• Ability to develop and lead a small team to achieve the business strategy• Exceptional ability to influence without direct authority• Strong attention to detail/accuracy and excellent analytical skills• Ability to draw insights and conclusions from customer feedback and translate into business actions• Consistently delivers quality outcomes in a timely and professional manner• Excellent communications skills• At least 5+ years in a similar Business Development role• Relevant 3rd level qualification requiredVacancies: Letterkenny company seeks Chief Technology Officer & Business Development Manager was last modified: July 11th, 2018 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:ARKLUdonegalletterkennyLottie dollsVacancieslast_img read more