JC held again

STATHS climb; Bridgeport hold 10-man JC

Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) regained pole position in a highly competitive Group B after defending champions Jamaica College (JC) were held to a 2-2 scoreline by pesky Bridgeport in an entertaining Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup contest yesterday.

Jamaica College went comfortably in front through first-half goals from Tevin Rochester in the ninth minute and Tyreek Magee in the 42nd minute at Old Hope Road. But the loss of JC Captain Maleik Howell to a second yellow card allowed visitors Bridgeport back into the contest.

Howell, who was cautioned in the 18th minute for a reckless tackle, was later sent for an early shower by referee Karl Tyrell after picking up a second card in the 55th minute for simulation.

Bridgeport capitalised on the numerical advantage with goals from Shahoim Edmondson (73rd) and captain Kyle Ming (79th). It salvaged a point for the former champions as they kept a close watch on the leaders.

With the point, JC were relegated to second position on 16 points, two behind leaders STATHS, who blanked Papine High 3-0. Only two first-round games remain.

Bridgeport stay third on 13 points, and they were joined by fourth-placed Mona High, who came away 6-2 winners over cellar dwellers Donald Quarrie (one point).

JC's Head Coach Miguel Coley was left ruing what could have been three valuable points.

“I am definitely disappointed we were two-love in front and it is always disappointing when you allow a team to come back in and draw. But it is always tough playing with 10 men and then again we were not defending the set pieces properly,” Coley told journalists in a post-game interview.

His counterpart Garnett Lawrence found more pleasure from the result.

“I am giving thanks because the season is not over as yet, the draw is not good but it is good enough and we move on to the next game,” he noted.

JC made a spirited start and wasted little time in grabbing the ascendancy when a briskly taken free kick by Howell held up nicely for Rochester to head home his sixth goal of the season.

The champions continued their attacking thrust and went close on the half-hour mark when Norman Campbell struck a stinging left-footed effort from an angle inside the 18-yard area, but custodian Kashwayne Stanbury proved equal to the task.

Magee eventually doubled the lead for the hosts when he expertly dismissed a defender before rifling home a left-footer from an angle.

JC's hopes of increasing their tally was dampened when Howell was given marching orders.

Bridgeport took full advantage, with the heavy showers appearing to add impetus to their endeavours, and it was not long before they were back in the contest.

Edmondson expertly headed down a well-weighted corner from Romario McPherson past custodian Derland Hyatt.

Substitute Shemar Daley thought he found the equaliser in the 75th minute, but his shot was tipped over the crossbar by Hyatt.

Four minutes later, Ming scored what was arguably the goal of the game when he fired home a spectacular strike from long distance, which left Hyatt no chance.

The comeback boosted the confidence of Bridgeport and they went on the hunt to become the first team to defeat JC at their Old Hope Road base since 2006, but it was not to be as they failed to find the elusive winner.

Calabar also climbed into pole position in Group G on 21 points following a 5-0 result versus Cedar Grove in a contest which ended prematurely due to a rain-soaked field and fear of lightning strikes. There were still 11 minutes left on the clock.

Former group leaders Charlie Smith were relegated to second on 19 points after being held 1-1 by Campion College, while third-placed Eltham and Jonathan Grant played out a similar scoreline in the other group fixture.

Yesterday's results

Group A

Kingston High 0, Wolmer's Boys' 5

Tivoli Gardens 5, Innswood 1

Pembroke Hall 0, Haile Selassie 0

Group B

STATHS 3, Papine 0

Jamaica College 2, Bridgeport 2

Mona 6, Donald Quarrie 2

Group E

Norman Manley 0, Kingston College 2

Greater Portmore 0, Excelsior 1

Spanish Town 3, Ardenne 4

Group G

Campion 1, Charlie Smith 1

Eltham 1, Jonathan Grant 1

Cedar Grove 0, Calabar 5

Today's schedule

Group C

Cumberland vs Camperdown @ Cumberland

Waterford vs Hydel @ Waterford

St Mary's College vs Meadowbrook @ St Mary's College

Group D

Tarrant vs St George's College @ Tarrant

Denham Town vs St Catherine @ Railway

Kingston Technical vs Vauxhall @ Deanery Road

Group F

Jose Marti vs Ascot @ Jose Marti

Clan Carthy vs Edith Dalton @ Franklyn Town Sports Complex

Holy Trinity vs St Jago @ Bell Chung Oval

All games to start 3:30 pm




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