STGC eliminate champions Hydel

STGC eliminate champions Hydel

...Camperdown, St Catherine, Excelsior also through to Walker Cup semis

Observer staff reporter

Saturday, November 16, 2019

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New champions will be crowned in this year's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Walker Cup knockout competition as last year's winners Hydel High were beaten 2-0 by St George's College, while Camperdown High were comfortable 4-0 winners over Mona High in quarter-final action at Stadium East yesterday.

Both St George's College and Camperdown were always expected to be a cut above the competition, after missing out on Manning Cup contention, and they did just that in safely navigating their way to the semi-finals.

They are joined in the final four by St Catherine High and Excelsior High, who registered contrasting victories over Charlie Smith and Jonathan Grant, respectively, in their quarter-final double-header at Jamaica College's Ashenheim Stadium.

St Catherine cruised to a 3-0 scoreline over the youthful Charlie Smith to continue their hunt for a historic hold on the title, while Excelsior defeated Jonathan Grant 4-2 on penalties after playing out a 2-2 stalemate at full time.

At Stadium East, the curtain-raiser was a mere formality for two-time former champions Camperdown, who did just enough to ensure they progressed. Mona High, who ended with 10 players, never really pulled their opponents from their comfort zone.

Camperdown broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute courtesy of a Kenly Deacon strike.

The Christopher Bender-conditioned team went further ahead on the stroke of the break when Shaqueil Bradford (45+2) fired home to make it 2-0.

As the one-way traffic continued on the resumption, Camperdown extended their lead 13 minutes in when Tivelle Edwards finished a cross from Deacon in the 58th minute.

Substitute Shawn Daley placed the icing on the cake five minutes from time with a well-driven, right-footed effort from the top of the 18-yard box, leaving custodian Mikhail Reid with no chance.

With Camperdown giving nothing away, frustration set in on the Mona camp, which resulted in one of the team's officials being sent to the stands, while Dellneil Pinnock, who came on in the 54th minute, saw a straight red for a reckless challenge in the 85th minute.

Nine-time champions St George's College had a slightly tougher task against Hydel, but came away comfortable enough in the end through Chantomoi Taylor (53rd), and Jesean Gordon's 77th-minute own goal.

The 'Light Blues' could have won by a wider margin had it not been for their profligacy in the final third, as Hydel did not really turn in the level of competition that was expected.

Such was the dominance of St George's College, particularly in the second half, that the Ferry-based Hydel, who ended with 10 players after Gordon was shown a straight red late in the game for striking an opponent, only registered two shots on goal.

Those efforts came in the 29th minute when Shahidi Hart's close-range shot came back off the upright and the other was from a late set play that was struck way over the crossbar by goalkeeper Shaquan Davis.

St George's College, who lacked composure in the attacking third of a goalless first half, eventually broke the deadlock on the resumption when the prolific Taylor stabbed in a cross from Jaheim Brown. That goal was Taylor's 16th of the season across all competition.

After camping out in the opponent's half with a sustained attacking spell, the North Street-based St George's College inevitably doubled the lead when Taylor's cross, intended for Jamone Shepherd, was fired in by Gordon.

Yesterday's results

Camperdown 4, Mona 0

St George's 2, Hydel 0

St Catherine 3, Charlie Smith 0

Jonathan Grant 2 (2), Excelsior 2 (4)

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