JC boot 'Trinity'

JC rally to clip 'Trinity' 2-1, book semi-final date with STETHS

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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Jamaica College remain on course to become the first team to cop the All-Island knockout title twice as they came from behind to better Holy Trinity High 2-1 in their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Champions Cup quarter-final fixture at Stadium East yesterday.

A brace from Norman Campbell (29th, 87th minutes) ensured that Jamaica College maintained their dominance of Holy Trinity, after Roy Evelyn had earlier sent the South Camp Road-based team in front with a 19th-minute strike.

Meanwhile, 2015 champions St George's College and St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) were goalless after 25 minutes in the feature game of the double-header.

Jamaica College will face St Elizabeth Technical High School in one semi-final, after the latter registered an identical 2-1 win over Charlie Smith in Montego Bay, also yesterday.

The contest between Jamaica College and Holy Trinity — a repeat of the 2014 Super Cup final — lived up to its billing as both teams threw down the gauntlet with some colourful displays in patches.

While Jamaica College, who won the 2014 final 2-0, had the ascendancy in the early exchanges, it was Holy Trinity that broke the deadlock through Evelyn's delightful left-footed strike from distance that left custodian Khari Williams stunned on his line.

But Holy Trinity became too relaxed on the lead and that allowed Jamaica College to pull level 10 minutes later, as Campbell arrived unmarked at the far post to tap in a cross from Shadane Lopez.

With the score unchanged at the break, Holy Trinity and their support may have harboured thoughts of finally turning the tables on Jamaica College after also suffering a 1-2 defeat at the hands of the Old Hope Road-based team in the Manning Cup quarter-final.

However, the 'Dark Blues' reign would continue as they asserted their authority on the resumption, despite allowing Holy Trinity two good look-ins early on.

In the 64th minute Dillon McEnnis played in a cross for Phillon Lawrence, but the latter, though having space and time, skied a one-time effort.

Holy Trinity had a break on the counter in the 75th minute, but Williams left his line well to break up that attack.

That would be it for Holy Trinity from an attacking standpoint as Jamaica College were determined not to lower their colours, especially at this stage.

After Kevaughn Ricketts denied Saquain Waul in the 73rd minute, the upright stood in the way of Campbell's right-footed effort from an angle in the 80th. But Campbell would eventually find the go-ahead goal seven minutes later from close range to send Jamaica College into the semi-final.

Though pleased with the outcome, winning coach Andrew Peart believes his team has some tightening up to do ahead of their two crucial semi-finals.

“We expect every game we play to be tough, so we knew that we had to work our way through the circumstances that we found ourselves in and the players did that and came out on top,” he said.

His counterpart Devon Anderson was left to pick up the pieces of their failed campaign.

“We have alot to be disappointed about. When a team beats you each time you meet them, then it means you are doing something wrong,” he noted.

— Sherdon Cowan

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