'Jago' hold Holy Trinity in Group F contest

Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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In-form Holy Trinity High dropped their first points of the season as they were held to a 1-1 score line by St Jago High in a fairly entertaining Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Group F contest at Bell Chung Oval yesterday.

It was the day of the Thomases as substitute Nicholas Thomas fired Holy Trinity in front in the 67th minute, before Andre Thomas converted an 88th-minute penalty to salvage a point for St Jago.

Despite the draw, Holy Trinity, who have already secured a second-round berth, continue to lead with 19 points. St Jago (11 points) remain eight points behind the leaders. They have been relegated to third but have a game in hand.

Clan Carthy sneaked into second on 12 points after their 3-0 beating of fifth-placed Edith Dalton James (six points), while Jose Marti Technical slipped into fourth on seven points with a 3-1 win over cellar dwellers Ascot.

The result may have not been to his liking, but St Jago's Head coach Davion Ferguson is quietly confident that his team will make the second round.

“I didn't like the performance, but the result wasn't so bad, I think we gave away the ball a little bit too much for my liking and I think this Holy Trinity team, based on the result from the first game, played on their minds,” Ferguson told journalists in a post-game interview.

Devon Anderson, coach of Holy Trinity, was a bit dissatisfied with the outcome.

“The first half was very poor; we didn't execute any at all, we went out there and most of the players played to the game plan and the chances were created, but faulty finishing saw the first half ending goalless,” he said.

Holy Trinity looked the better of the two teams for most of the first half and created a number of chances through their talismanic striker Shai Smith and Phillon Lawrence, but a lack of composure and poor decision-making denied them the breakthrough.

The same could be said of St Jago who, despite not creating as many chances, did have a few good looks on goal. However, they also lacked conviction in the final third.

The hosts again came out more purposeful upon the resumption, and Smith once more found himself in the firing line close to the hour mark, but managed to muff a one-time effort despite having a clear path to goal.

It took Nicholas Thomas to finally find the go-ahead goal when he fired home a right-footer from the top of the 18-yard box with the assistance of another substitute Dillon McEnnis.

St Jago were resolute and they were eventually rewarded with the equaliser after a corner kick by substitute Dwight McKenzie was handled inside the area. Andre Thomas stepped up and calmly converted a second time, after the initial kick was called back by referee Wilverglen Lamey.

Holy Trinity came close to finding the winner, but a well-taken free kick by defender Fabrizzio Burton just kissed the crossbar on its way out in time added.

Yesterday's results

Group C

Cumberland 1, Camperdown 2

St Mary's College 2, Meadowbrook 3

Waterford vs Hydel (was Not Played)

Group D

Denham Town 0, St Catherine 2

Tarrant 0, St George's College 3

Kingston Technical 1, Vauxhall 0

Group F

Holy Trinity 1, St Jago 1

Jose Marti Technical 3, Ascot 1

Clan Carthy 3, Edith Dalton James 0




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