Cornwall beat STGC to stroll into final

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Cornwall College defeated St George's College 2-0 at Sabina Park yesterday to march into the final of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association Champions Cup.

Aiden Jokomba fired home from just outside the box in the 63rd minute for his 19th goal of the season before the talented Shavon McDonald converted a 68th-minute penalty.

Cornwall College, looking to end the dominance of the urban area Manning Cup teams in the cash-rich competition, will be contesting their second final having previously done so in 2016 when they lost to Wolmer's Boys'.

Since the inception in 2014 when Jamaica College won, it has been all urban schools. St George's College (2015) and Kingston College (2017) were the others to walk away with the million-dollar prize money.

Cornwall College await the winner of the other semi-final between Jamaica College and St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) at the same venue. That game was ongoing up to press time.

But it was an efficient display from the red and yellow-clad boys from St James at Sabina Park – a venue that is separated from St George's by a mere fence.

The Dr Dean Weatherly-coached side looked a well-oiled machine and should have won by a wider margin, if not for missing two easy chances in the first half.

Top scorer Jokomba kicked high from inside the box in the ninth minute. Three minutes later, following brilliant build-up play, Shavon McDonald was left with goalkeeper Orville Smikle to beat but hesitated, and his effort was smothered at his feet by the goalkeeper. Jokomba then missed an easier chance in minute 22, dragging his shot wide and with only the goalkeeper to beat.

The “Light Blues” did get a chance at the end of the first half but Damani Harris glanced his header wide. However they came out more purposeful in the second half and just when they were really getting a grip on the game, they conceded.

Head Coach Neville Bell brought on his top scorer Chanthomoi Taylor but things went from bad to worse as Referee Cardella Samuels called a handball and awarded a penalty, which was dispatched by McDonald. That effectively hit the wind out of the Georgians.

Winning coach Weatherly was satisfied with his team's performance and stated he strongly believes they can break the rural area drought in the Champions Cup.

“That's our intention, so for the next couple of days we rest. We have a semi-final in-between then we come again. We will be going for it,” said Dr Weatherly.

“It is a very good feeling; hard work paying off. We showed discipline in terms of what we asked and they came and deliver,” he added.

St George's, who suffered their first loss of the season, will have to wait another year.

“This is the first game we are losing all season and it's disappointing. Congrats to Cornwall I thought they played very well, but I don't think we were outplayed. I don't think we did enough in front of their goal,” noted Bell.

“A penalty — it put us out of the game. I thought the referee did well, and I am not complaining,” said Bell.

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