Can't Touch this

STGC kick off with 7-0 win over Tarrant

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, September 12, 2017



Many-time champions St George's College (STGC) opened their Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup campaign in convincing manner, as they blanked Tarrant High 7-0 in their Group D contest at Winchester Park yesterday.

Romario Harding notched a brace in the 43rd and 46th minutes, with the others coming from Nathaniel Campbell (60th), substitute Raheem Williams (81st), Jaheim Brown (85th), another substitute Kimarly Robinson (89th) and Akeem Robotham (90th+3).

In the other Group D contests, St Catherine High surprised 2015 semi-finalist Denham Town 3-0, while Vauxhall High came away with a 1-0 win over Kingston Technical.

At Winchester Park, the hosts took a while to get going against a much-improved Tarrant unit, but once they pressed the accelerator, it became a question of how wide the margin of victory would be.

Harding broke the deadlock two minutes from the interval when Robotham drove past two defenders and released a cross for the tall and composed striker to slot home from close range to put STGC up 1-0 at the break.

Harding, sporting the number eight jersey, picked up where he left off immediately on the resumption when he finished off a good build-up from an angle one minute in.

The marauding STGC then pushed their opponents deep inside their half, pouncing from every angle but it took some good glove work from custodian Jonathan Currie to deny Robotham's left-footed effort three minutes later.

Shortly after Harding should have completed what would have been a deserved three-timer, but headed Campbell's left-sided corner just wide of the upright.

However, STGC eventually extended the lead on the hour-mark when the diminutive Campbell scored what was arguably the goal of the game, as his beautifully struck right-footed effort from 20 yards out left Currie beaten all ends up.

Coach Neville “Bertis” Bell used the opportunity to expose a few players, as he utilised all five substitutions, and the goals kept coming for the 'Light Blues' against a now tired-looking Tarrant defensive line.

Williams, who replaced Harding in the attack, wasted little time in getting on the scoresheet, as Robotham sent him through on goal to slot home from close range.

Williams then turned supplier in quick succession, as his cheeky back pass released Brown, who expertly placed his effort wide of a diving Currie and into the right-hand corner of the goal.

And four minutes later, his cross picked out another substitute, Robinson, who made no mistake from deep inside the area.

This paved the way for Robotham to get on the scoresheet and cap off a good-looking performance, when he dismissed both defender and goalkeeper to fire into an empty net in time added.

Meanwhile, in Group C, Camperdown got by Cumberland 5-0, Hydel High came from behind to secure a 3-2 win over Waterford, while Meadowbrook High were 2-1 winners over St Mary's College.

In Group F, Holy Trinity clipped St Jago High 3-2 and Jose Marti Technical defeated Ascot High by a similar scoreline, with Clan Carthy coming away with a 2-1 win over Edith Dalton James.

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