STATHS into semis

STATHS into semis after 3-1 win over St George's

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, November 07, 2019

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St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) have booked their spot in the semi-finals of the ISSA Digicel Manning Cup competition after getting by St George's College (STGC) 3-1, while Jamaica College (JC) were held to a goalless stalemate by Excelsior High in their Group H quarter-final action at Stadium East yesterday.

STATHS, through a brace from Warner Brown in the 51st and 63rd minutes and one from Shemar Daley (56th), came from behind to make the points safe after Jaheim Brown (40+2) sent STGC in front. With this their second win in as many games, STATHS are atop the group with maximum six points, four ahead of JC on two, while STGC and Excelsior are on one point each.

Despite their current vein of form, STATHS were surprisingly cautious in their approach, as they gradually sat back while STGC made the most of a purposeful start.

After signalling intentions in the attacking third, the “Light Blues” eventually broke the deadlock seconds before the break through a delightful finish from Brown, whose right-footed effort from the top of the 18-yard box left custodian Ricardo Laing flat-footed.

However, it was never anticipated that one goal would win an encounter of this calibre, especially given the fact that STATHS were still yet to really come out of their shell.

And that they did six minutes into the resumption when Brown continued his clinical form on the attacking front, as he outpaced a defender on the break before firing past Orville Smikle in goal for STGC.

That equalising goal was the proverbial shot in the arm the Spanish Town Roadbased team required, as they took complete control of the game from there, leaving STGC with no answers to their maurading attacks.

In the 55th minute, Marc Chambers unleashed a stinging right-footed drive from a distance, but Laing at full stretch to his right did well to parry. But the custodian had no such luck against Daley, who fired home from close range a minute later to put STATHS 2-1 up.

Brown returned six minutes later to log his second and make the points safe with another well-taken goal. Earlier, JC dominated proceedings in the curtain-raiser and created enough chances to have secured three points, but a poor showing in the final third proved their undoing.

The lack of confidence on the part of the JC Captain Shaneil Thomas in front of goal, basically summed up the Old Hope Road-based team's showing on the day, as he failed to inspire any magic from his peers.

As such, they are now left with the daunting task of having to beat STATHS in their final group fixture in order to make their semi-final berth safe, regardless of the result in the other contest between STGC and Excelsior next Wednesday.


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