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STATHS edges Jamaica College 2-1, advances to Manning Cup semis

By November 12, 2019

St. Andrew Technical High defeated Jamaica College 2-1 at the Stadium East in Kingston on Wednesday to advance to the semi-final round of the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition.

The win means that STATHS, losing finalists in 2018, topped their group with nine points, seven more than Jamaica College, who also advance on goal difference over St. George’s College and Excelsior High who drew 1-1 in their encounter played at Jamaica College.

During the pulsating encounter played before an enthusiastic crowd, STATHS soaked up early pressure from Jamaica College before scoring 10 minutes in on their first foray into the Jamaica College box. Shemar Daley’s blocked shot ricocheted kindly for Romario Campbell to side-foot home from close range in.

The lead did not last long; eight minutes, in fact, when Phillon Lawrence found himself with enough room to unleash a left-footed screamer into the top right-hand corner of Ricardo Laing’s goal.

Mikel Riley restored STATHS’ lead in the 36th minute when he scrambled in a cross at Daniel Russell’s near post.

JC won a penalty in the second half but Laing saved the poorly taken spot-kick from Shaniel Thomas.

STATHS Head Coach Phillip Williams said the win was a testament to the quality of his title-chasing squad.

“It is a very deep team. We had three persons today in the starting line up that were not in the last set of games. It shows that our team has depth, all of them played well, and we are looking forward to what we will do in the semi-final,” he said.

Jamaica College coach Davion Ferguson lamented his team’s profligacy.

“We have to start taking our chances,” he said. “We created a lot of chances in this game. STATHS is a quality team. They are very dangerous on the break. We allowed them too many opportunities on the break. These are things we have to learn from, but congrats to the boys on the semi-final.”

 

 

 

 

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