Yorke Lights It Up

Marc Purcell
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Dwight Yorke must love the Catalan region of Spain. It must be the water that reminds him of Tobago or the good food. Last year as a member of Aston Villa he walked into "the Cathedral," the home ground of Athletico Bilboa and gave the Spaniards a run for there money. This year he walked into the Nu Camp of Barcelona and this time gave a performance that the region will not forget. Yorke scored two goals for Manchester United in there Group D European Cup encounter.

Barcelona looked most likely to come away with a win when they opened the scoring in the first minute of the game. However, Yorke answered that score with a strike in the 25th minute that silenced the 70,000 fans. In the second half Yorke's strike partner Andy Cole put United up 2-1 just seven minutes from the restart. That celebration was short lived when Brazilian Rivaldo tied the score at 2-2 in the 56th minute. Dwight Yorke made the score 3-2 in the 67th minute and put Man U in the driver's seat. However Rivaldo came to the rescue of Barcelona in the 72nd minute to tie the game 3-3.

With the tie Manchester United drop to second place behind Bayern Munich who leaped forged to top place with a 2-1 win over Brody. Munich leads United by a single point. Next week's game between the two will be a winner take all for top place.

Dwight Yorke returned to action last Sunday when he and United completed a 3-2 win over Leeds United. The win moved United into second place in the English Premiership with just one point separating them from Aston Villa. That situation could change this weekend.

Dwight Yorke has faced many challenges throughout his career. However, this Saturday could be his toughest challenge to date. It will be the first time that Yorke will play at Villa park since his transfer earlier this year. The Aston Villa faithful will no doubt be showing there disapproval of Yorke when he runs onto the field. They view Yorke as a traitor and villain who left Villa for the bright lights and money of Old Trafford. Should he score the cascade of boos will sound just as loud as if the Prime Minister of Trinidad was making an appearance at a freedom of the press conference in Port of Spain.

In other action, Shaka Hislop and West Ham have moved into third placed. They were powered by a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspurs.

Joe Public win Club championship.

Joe Public cemented there position as the Caribbean's best club team by winning the BWIA sponsored Caribbean Club Championship. Joe Public defeated Caledonia AIA 1-0 in the final. The win puts them into the Concacaf Club quarterfinals next year.

Earlier this year Joe Public were embarrassed by eventual champions DC United 6-0 in Washington D.C. Since then team owner Jack Warner has promised to revamp the team. It was announced yesterday that Colombian head coach Slobodan Zecevic will take over the team from Muhammed Isa. Isa coached the team to the Champions League cup, SPFL title and Caribbean Club Championship.

Joe Public will form part of the new Professional Football League which will get started next season. They along with Barbados Mutual Queens Park, Courts Caledonian AIA and CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh will be four of the original teams in the new league. They will be joined by four other teams that will be picked by the TTFF. Two possible teams in the running include United Petrotrin and Defense Force. Joe Public now embark on a tour of St. Vincent and Antigua.

In other news the Trinidad and Tobago Under 17 team suffered a major setback in their attempt to qualify for the World Under 17 cup in New Zealand next year. They lost to Bermuda 3-0. That's right Bermuda. Trinidad and Tobago now have a huge task before them. They must defeat the Netherlands Antilles and Barbados in order to reach the next round of qualifying in El Salvador early next year.

In the starting lineup...

All eyes will be on Dwight Yorke as he travels to his old ground in the game of the year when Man U takes on Aston Villa.

Shaka Hislop and West Ham take on Leeds United.

In the English first division Clint Marcelle and Barnsley will be looking to dish out another severe beating this weekend when they face Watford. Last week Barnsley celebrated their biggest victory of the season when they defeated Huddersfield 7-1.

In Scotland, Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers are coming off a 1-1 tie last weekend. This weekend they encounter Hamilton at home.

Tony Rougier, Russell Latapy and Hibernian find themselves on top of the division via a 1-0 win last weekend versus Airdire. This week they will face Greenock Morton.

In Switzerland, things just keep rolling along for Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich. Last week they defeated FC Lugano 4-1. That moved them within one point of second placed Grasshoppers. On Friday they face FC Sion.

In Portugal, Leonson Lewis exacted some form of revenge on his former teammates at Boavista. E.Amadorra defeated Boavista 2-1. This week they face Leiria.