ST George's College secured an automatic berth into the Walker Cup KO competition and advanced to the second round of the ISSA/Digicel/Gatorade Manning Cup as the top qualifier from Zone C after drubbing Clan Carthy, 15-0, in their final group game at Winchester Park yesterday.
The Neville 'Bertis' Bell-coached George's trailed Hydel on goal difference (one goal) entering the match and it was largely expected that the two would try to outgun each other to cement the one automatic berth in the KO.
However, Hydel lost 2-1 to Denham Town on goals from Rodico Wellington and Junior McGregor and finished three points adrift of last year's triple champions.
At Winchester Park, the home team, with four goals from Kendon Anderson and hat-tricks from Romario Jones and Oshane Booth, plus a brace from Cordel Benbow and Paul Doyle, made light work of bottom-of-the-table Clan Carthy.
Anderson opened the scoring after two minutes and added the second three minutes later. Jones made it 3-0 in the 24th, Doyle made it 4-0 in the 32nd and Jones scored his second in the 41st before Anderson completed his treble to send them into the break with a 6-0 lead.
Five minutes after the interval Anderson added his fourth, and Boothe scored the first of his trio on the hour to make it 8-0, before Jones sealed his hat-trick in the 65th. Booth netted two quick strikes to complete his hat-trick in the 68th.
Doyle and Benbow secured their braces with goals in the 80 and 81st and Ryan Miller completed the rout with a 91st-minute strike.
Goalkeeper Nico Campbell had a chance to push them one better, he missed from the spot in the final minute. Asistant coach Marcel Gayle said his team came out focussed and executed perfectly.
"We knew what was at task and we went out and executed from as early as minute two and from there we just got stronger," he said.
St George's ended with 24 points, followed by Hydel with 21 and Denham Town, 18. In the group's other game, Dunoon outscored Cumberland, 3-2.
In Zone D, Bridgeport secured top spot and automatic qualification to the Walker Cup after Ramone Howell's strike gave them a 1-0 win over St Mary's College.
Calabar finished second after stopping Tivoli Gardens High, 2-1, through a brace from Javon East. However, Innswood fell short despite slamming Haile Selassie, 8-1. Tavoy Morgan got a hat-trick for Innswood and Akeem Gibbon a double.
Bridgeport completed their fixtures with 25 points, followed by Calabar on 23 and Innswood with 19.
In Zone E, Holy Trinity High secured the second spot after drawing 1-1 with Ascot. Trench Town and Jonathan Grant drew 0-0.
Spanish Town lead the group with 21 points, with Holy Trinity next on 17 and St Catherine and Ascot, 11 each.
In the lone Zone F game, Kingston College defeated Ardenne, 4-1, on a Jevaughn Samuels' double. KC finished three points behind Charlie Smith and will hope to qualify for the KO as the best second-placed team.