St Jago blank Jose Marti 2-0, but 'Trinity' stay perfect in Group F

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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After missing out on their opening contest, St Jago High are now taking flight as they registered win number two on the trot with a 2-0 beating of neighbours Jose Marti Technical in their Group F Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup game yesterday.

Shaquille Wright in the 33rd minute and Andre Thomas with a 73rd-minute penalty secured all three points for the Monk Street team at Spanish Town Prison Oval.

With the win, St Jago remained in second position on six points, three behind leaders Holy Trinity, who extended their unbeaten run with a 5-0 thrashing of Clan Carthy. Edith Dalton James and Ascot played to a goalless result in the other group fixture.

Both teams were evenly poised from the start, but St Jago grabbed the ascendancy when Wright fired past Mark Adams in goal for Jose Marti to make it 1-0 at the break.

The momentum swung in favour of Jose Marti, who applied consistent pressure on the resumption, but they failed in their bid for the equaliser and were left to the mercy of the “Ravens”.

St Jago got back to full throttle past the hour mark and came close when Wright broke away in the danger area, but his shot was well blocked by Adams, who was later saved from a goalmouth melee by the whistle.

Tahjay Grant got in on the act five minutes later when his devilish, 25-yard free kick missed everything including the left upright.

He then came ominously close a minute later when he dismissed his marker to find a clear path to goal, but muffed a left-footed effort.

However, St Jago inevitably extended the lead when Thomas calmly converted from the 12-yard spot after Shevaun McNuff handled the ball inside the area.

Despite the game slowing considerably in the latter stages, Jose Marti should have grabbed a consolation, but substitute Kimarly Malcolm, who was left unmarked inside the box, failed to get a shot off in time added.

Winning coach Davion Ferguson was pleased that his team is now progressing as expected.

“In the first half it was excellent how we possessed and moved the ball and created chances. I think the negative is that we only scored one goal; we should have put the game to bed from there. But because we failed to do that, it allowed Jose Marti to stay in the game for a long period, so we need to learn how to finish off a game because we are playing well.

“After the Holy Trinity game we managed to reassess ourselves and we are on a run now, so hopefully we can maintain this momentum for a very long time,” Ferguson told the Jamaica Observer in a post-match interview.

His counterpart Calvert Fitzgerald felt their game plan broke down midway the first half.

“We knew that the St Jago team is a physically stronger and more technically equipped team, so we had planned to hold in the first half with the hopes of not conceding, but we gave up a late goal and that derailed our plans. We came out running in the second half but we couldn't get on the scoresheet, so we have to go back to the drawing board and come back for the next game,” Fitzgerald noted.

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