JC soar

De­fend­ing champs through to sec­ond round

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

AWELL-EX­E­CUTED 74th-minute strike by for­ward Ron­aldo Brown yes­ter­day sealed a fight­ing 3-1 win over Eltham High School, se­cur­ing pas­sage to the sec­ond round of the ISSA/FLOW Man­ning Cup for reign­ing Cham­pi­ons Ja­maica Col­lege.

The feisty Group B fix­ture, which saw four yel­low cards is­sued, was played at the Ja­maica Col­lege play­ing field, lo­cated on Old Hope Road in Kingston.

The home team went ahead via a closerange strike from Ma­lik How­ell in­side the 12th minute. The early ‘dark blues’ lead was can­celled out 10 min­utes later when Akeem Rhooms fired Eltham back into the game.

The cham­pi­ons, though not play­ing at their clin­i­cal best, re­gained the lead in the 31st minute cour­tesy of a Dono­van Dawkins tap-in.

The drenched JC sur­face made ball con­trol and pos­ses­sion hard for both teams, but JC’s press­ing and hunger bore fruit when cap­tain Oquin Robin­son linked up su­perbly with Brown.

WIN­NING GOAL

The cap­tain rolled in a su­perb through ball to Brown, which the player con­trolled, found space, and ca­ressed home in­side the 75th minute, cap­ping off JC’s re­turn to win­ning ways af­ter last Sat­ur­day’s 1-1 draw with STATHS.

“It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing to score, com­ing off an in­jury. I am happy with my per­for­mance. I think I am 60 per cent there. I don’t re­ally have a goal tar­get this sea­son. I just want to score the im­por­tant goal and help my team win,” the match win­ner told The Gleaner.

JC coach Miguel Co­ley said he was happy with his team’s ef­fort get­ting con­trol of the ball and pass­ing it around.

“We are still tweak­ing the team and do­ing some shift­ing and chang­ing to see what’s best be­cause in the sec­ond round, you have to be on point and ev­ery­thing has to be right,” he stressed.

GLAD­STONE TAY­LOR/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Ka­reem Henry (right) of Eltham High School con­tests Ja­maica Col­lege’s (JC) Nor­man Camp­bell for pos­ses­sion of the ball in the Ja­maica Col­lege ver­sus Eltham High ISSA/FLOW Man­ning Cup match played at Ja­maica Col­lege yes­ter­day. JC won 3-1.

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