Champs Clarendon College, ‘Garvey’ making winning start
MANDEVILLE, Manchester – Champions Clarendon College and former winners Garvey Maceo both scored 4-0 wins as they got their ISSA/Wata quarter-final round off to a fast start with wins over Christiana High and BB Coke High, respectively, on Wednesday.
There were also wins for former champions Glenmuir High and Dinthill Technical who had 2-0 wins over Manchester High and Cornwall College, respectively, in the other two games.
Kaheim Dixon put on a superb performance for Clarendon College in their game played at Manchester High in Mandeville, scoring twice and assisting on the other two goals scored by Christopher Hull and Tedane Williams as they took control of Group A on goal difference over Glenmuir High.
Clarendon College responded positively from their 1-1 draw against Cornwall College in their round-of -16 game played on Saturday, the first time this season they failed to get maximum points.
At the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex, Jelani Williams scored a double, while Cleo Clarke and Conroy Williams also got on the score sheet as Garvey Maceo High took the advantage in Group B.
The loss ended a string of five straight wins for BB Coke High who were the only school to win all three round-of-16 games.
At Glenmuir High in May Pen, the home team scored twice in a period of four minutes early in the second half to beat Manchester High 2-0.
Ja-son Whyte scored a spectacular free kick from some 25 yards out, his first goal of the season, to give Glenmuir High the lead in the 51st minute.
They doubled the scores in the 55th minute when 16-year-old Orane Watson’s shot went under the goalkeeper as he got his sixth goal of the season.
Afterwards, Andrew Peart, coach of the Glenmuir High team, said they were not pleased with the first-half performance, “We gave Manchester High too much room and we wanted to be more aggressive in the second half, playing much higher up the field.”
Peart said he was happy with his team’s “reaction” in the second half in which they took the game away from Manchester High who were losing for the second time in three games after winning their first 13 in a row.
Manchester High’s coach, Patrick Graham, said their downfall came as “Glenmuir showed more fight than us today,” adding, “we surrendered too much space to them, especially in the midfield”.
At the Ewarton Sports Complex, Dinthill Technical avenged last season’s round-of-16 loss to Cornwall College with a 2-0 win, both goals coming from set plays.
Tyrese Gowe’s long-range free kick got through the legs of the Cornwall College goalkeeper as the two-time champions took the lead late in the game and Giovannie Afflick doubled the advantage when he converted from the penalty spot.
Clarendon College 4, Christiana High 0
Glenmuir High 2, Manchester High 0
BB Coke High 0, Garvey Maceo High 4
Dinthill Technical 2, Cornwall College 0