Show of strength

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

ST GE­ORGE’S Col­lege demon­strated strong de­ter­mi­na­tion as they tagged Greater Port­more High 4-1 in an ISSA/FLOW Man­ning Cup Group A top-of-the-ta­ble clash at Winch­ester Park yes­ter­day.

Hakim Wil­liams opened the scor­ing in the 38th minute, fol­lowed by goals from Akeem Robotham (50th), Jevoun McKel­lar (72nd), and sub­sti­tute Akiki Jack­son in added time. Ky­mani Car­less gave Greater Port­more hope in the 57th minute.

It was the home team’s first game since the pass­ing of for­mer cap­tain Do­minic James. He fell dur­ing the game against Ex­cel­sior on Tues­day and was pro­nounced dead at the Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal of the West In­dies.

Both teams ob­served a minute of si­lence ahead of the kick-off, while the St Ge­orge’s play­ers all wore Do­minic’s num­ber 7 on their sleeves.

The venue was jam-packed with mostly St Ge­orge’s stu­dents, teach­ers, and sup­port­ers sur­round­ing the field, with Do­minic’s par­ents, De­nese and Denis James, also in at­ten­dance.

SHOWED UNITY ON THE FIELD

De­spite the tragic loss the St Ge­orge’s team re­fo­cused and showed unity on the field for their third win from as many games for the sea­son. The 20-time cham­pi­ons pushed to the top of the group on nine points, ahead of Greater Port­more on seven points.

It was a great team ef­fort from St Ge­orge’s as Greater Port­more had their mo­ments dur­ing the game.

The vis­i­tors were set back when goal­keeper Ja­mali Brown re­ceived a back in­jury from a col­li­sion in the 49th minute and was re­placed in goal by Do­minic Smith, with St Ge­orge’s lead­ing at 1-0.

Jevoun McKel­lar, who put his team 3-1 up and who also as­sisted in the goal scored by Akeem Robotham, was ad­judged man-of-the-match for a great per­for­mance.

“It was dif­fi­cult for us to play, but coach (Neville Bell) had been help­ing us since Do­minic’s death. He has been like a fa­ther to us,” McKel­lar told The Gleaner yes­ter­day.

“First and fore­most, thanks to my team­mates for help­ing me. We will con­tinue to fight as our goal is def­i­nitely to win the Man­ning Cup, es­pe­cially in mem­ory of Do­minic,” the mid­fielder dis­closed.

Long-serv­ing St Ge­orge’s Col­lege head coach Neville ‘Ber­tis’ Bell noted: “It was a tough game for us. We were not cer­tain what to ex­pect from our­selves. We did not want any­body to feel sorry for us. We want to play,” an emo­tional Bell said.

“Now, it isn’t about foot­ball, we just want to play. We wanted to do well with Do­minic, and we still want to do well with­out Do­minic,” the vet­eran school­boy coach added.

Greater Port­more’s head coach Pa­trick Lewis said it was a dis­ap­point­ing re­sult for his team.

“Well, ba­si­cally, it was a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment. We ex­pected at least a point to re­main in the lead, but St Ge­orge’s built on the loss of their cap­tain and was stronger to­day,” Lewis rea­soned.

YES­TER­DAY’S RE­SULTS

Tivoli 1 Ex­cel­sior 4 St Ge­orge’s Col­lege (StGC) play­ers cel­e­brat­ing the team’s first goal dur­ing their ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup clash against Greater Port­more at Winch­ester Park yes­ter­day. StGC won 4-1. St Ge­orge’s Col­lege 4 Greater Port­more 1 Holy Trin­ity 1 Clan Carthy 0

TO­DAY’S GAMES

Kingston Col­lege vs Nor­man Man­ley Pap­ine vs Den­ham Town St Mary’s Col­lege vs As­cot Mead­ow­brook vs Ar­denne Pem­broke Hall vs Jonathan Grant St Cather­ine vs Haile Se­lassie Wolmer’s Boys vs Kingston Tech­ni­cal Cam­per­down vs Dunoon Edith Dal­ton James vs José Marti Cum­ber­land vs St Jago Bridge­port vs Cam­pion Col­lege Hy­del vs Cal­abar (Home teams are named first and all games start at 3:30 p.m.)

STGC an­swer with strong win over Greater Port­more

RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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