Getting the slip

St Catherine climb to second after big win over Vauxhall

Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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The much-improved St Catherine High strengthened their chances of securing a second-round berth in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup competition when they hammered Vauxhall High 5-0 in a lopsided Group D contest at the latter's Windward Road base yesterday.

Jevaughn Cole charted the course with a brace in the ninth and 66th minutes, with Jahmarie Henry (26th), Paul Planter (33rd) and substitute John Christophe Pringle (90th+6) getting the others.

The win pushed the Anthony Patrick-coached team up to 10 points in second position, five points behind many-time champions St George's College, who lead with 15, after edging Denham Town 1-0.

Kingston Technical jumped to third on nine points with a similar 1-0 scoreline over Tarrant, who are rooted at the foot of the six-team table on a point.

Vauxhall were relegated to fourth on six points, three ahead of Denham Town in fifth on three points.

“I think we started out very well with a lot of intensity and we got two early goals in the first half and we took our foot off the gas and allowed Vauxhall to play. The second half again we made some changes and we waited until the last few minutes before we got some goals, but it is important that we score goals and so I am pleased with today's (yesterday's) performance,” said St Catherine's coach Anthony Patrick.

St Catherine were always favoured as the better team and they wasted little time in justifying that as they grabbed the ascendancy when Cole slotted past Malique Powell in goal for Vauxhall.

Henry doubled the visitors' advantage in the 26th minute when he rose above defenders to head home a well-weighted corner kick from captain Maleke Miller, and Planter added a third before half-time when he capitalised on a defensive error to fire past the hapless Powell.

Vauxhall had little going for them on the resumption and failed to really trouble St Catherine's defensive line, but any thoughts they had of reducing the arrears would soon vanish.

Another lapse in their defence allowed Cole to grab his second as he expertly finished off a long pass which caught the defence flat-footed. And second-half substitute Pringle put the icing on the cake when he popped up to tap in a free-kick from Miller.

Keon Broderick, coach of Vauxhall, was left picking up the pieces.

“I am very disappointed with the performance because we fell short in many areas that we should have done well in. But as tough as this loss is we are not deterred and remain focused on the ultimate goal, which is to get to the second round of the competition and we have five games left to try and do that,” he told the Jamaica Observer in a post-game interview.




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