La­covia High sur­prise STETHS

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WEST­ERN BUREAU T EL­IZ­A­BETH Tech­ni­cal High School cen­tral de­fender Clifton Wood­bine had a spec­tac­u­lar game for the de­fend­ing ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, how­ever, his out­stand­ing per­for­mance could not deny La­covia High a fine vic­tory in their Zone E clash yes­ter­day.

It took a de­flected Devon Mullings’ shot from out­side the area in the 90th minute to sep­a­rate the teams.

The win, their first against STETHS since 2008, was mas­ter­minded by their coach Fitzroy Am­ber­s­ley, who told The Gleaner the vic­tory was needed to shake things in a zone usu­ally dom­i­nated by the cham­pi­ons and Munro Col­lege, who swamped Black River 6-1.

They now join STETHS atop the zone with nine points from four matches, mak­ing to­mor­row’s big derby be­tween STETHS and Munro a lot more in­ter­est­ing. Munro are third with eight points. They re­main the only team in the zone with­out a de­feat.


“In pre­sea­son, we took the play­ers to Ar­nett Gar­dens to get a feel of what cham­pi­ons should look like. They soaked all that in and since then, they have played each game even bet­ter than the one be­fore,” Am­ber­s­ley said.

“This win is a fine one. A very good filip for the play­ers; they de­serve it and I feel a statement has been made to­day,” Am­ber­s­ley ex­plained. St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal’s cap­tain Chris-An­drew Dixon (right) con­trols the ball ahead of La­covia’s Shel­don Green dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Zone E ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup clash at La­covia. La­covia won 1-0.

Playing at the La­covia Com­mu­nity Cen­tre field, the hosts looked sharper than the usu­ally con­fi­dent STETHS team with their mid­field break­ing up sev­eral of STETHS’ for­ward moves.

STETHS were with­out bustling for­ward Romeo Wright, but had Javoney Brown lead­ing the at­tack along­side De­mar James, but it was cen­tral de­fender Wood­bine who looked the part.

His rasp­ing free-kick in the

78th minute struck the cross­bar and Brown’s shot from an acute an­gle hit the up­right as STETHS went in search of vic­tory.

It was not to be, as Mullings got in a shot that took a wicked de­flec­tion to loop over STETHS goal­keeper Ken­roy Wal­lace spark­ing ju­bi­la­tion among the La­covia crowd.

Three matches will be played to­day: Black River vs Mag­gotty; Cross Keys vs Be­lair, and Bog Walk vs Charlemont.



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