Goalkeeper's free kick stuns Jamaica College at home

By October 08, 2018
Jamaica College player Norman Campbell Jamaica College player Norman Campbell

Defending ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup Champions, Jamaica College, do not lose at home. Or so they would have claimed until the visit of Kingston Technical High School on Monday. 

The defending champions, sitting atop Group F, were expecting a routine win over the much-less fancied Kingston Technical High School, who they had beaten 4-0 away last time the teams met back in September, but that was not to be.

JC started behind the eight-ball when Rome Williams scored in just the second minute of play.

The lead would remain until the first minute of the second half when Javain Thompson found the equalizer for the blues.

But Kingston Technical would not go away, and in a shocking turn of events, on the stroke of full time, up steps the team’s goalkeeper to score a stunner from a free-kick.

Roje Williams struck a blow that even with his team’s doomed fate in terms of taking part in the remainder of the competition, will not soon be forgotten.

The free-kick, taken from just right of the 18-yard box and at least 25 yards out, was struck around the outside of the wall with pace and expertly bended back toward the goal and the JC custodian, though it’s eventual resting place would be just out of his reach on the near side of the goal.

There was no time for JC to recover this time around, and the team, who haven’t lost at home in many years, are not just one goal better than Hydel in Group F.

There is one game to go in the round and who will end up winning the group is still up in the air.

Hydel have made things interesting after they won their game against Campion College, 4-0.

In the other game from the group, Vauxhall drubbed Kingston High 5-0.

Over at St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), two former champions, the other being St George’s College, battled to a 1-1 draw. The result means St George’s have secured top spot in Group A, because STATHS, who lie second, cannot catch them with the two games they have left.

In another Group A game, Cedar Grove were pummeled by Cumberland, 5-0. The game between Papine and Tarrant High School was not played.

Over in Group B, Kingston College continued to show their dominance with the 5-0 whipping of Ardenne High School, while Mona High slipped into second spot in the group with a 3-1 win over Dunoon allowing them to leapfrog Calabar High School, whose game against Clan Carthy never materialized.

St Catherine High School returned to winning ways in Group E with an emphatic 4-0 win over Penwood. St Catherine are coming off a 2-1 loss to Excelsior who trail them in the group on goal difference. Both teams have two games to go in the round.

For Excelsior’s part, they kept pace on the points table but lost ground in the goal difference column after clipping Haile Selassie 1-0.

In the other game from the group, St Mary’s College and Oberlin played out a 1-1 draw.

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