XLCR’s Buchanan sets targets
INFLUENTIAL EXCELSIOR High school footballer Thorne Buchanan says he is ready to lead his Mountain View-based outfit to success in this season’s ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition after another solid outing in his last game.
The skillful attacking player scored a clever 17th-minute penalty strike against manytime champions St George’s College in a spirited contest, which saw his school slide one point ahead of the ‘light blues’ in the race for group honours.
The result was an important one in what seems destined to be a hard-fought Group A, with the teams scheduled to replay a match, which was called off on September 20, due to the sudden death of Dominic James – St George’s former captain.
Buchanan described the win as a special one and said that he was also looking forward to their next coming together.
“Yes, playing George’s again, hard work again, next victory. We are looking forward to it. I am motivated for this game, especially,” Buchanan stressed.
“This can be a big year for me. I just need to continue putting in the work and performing. I am looking forward to scoring at least 12 goals, but I am heading for more,” he told The Gleaner in reference to what was his fifth goal of the season, last week.
Buchanan’s strike condemned St George’s College to only their third loss at Winchester Park since 2007.
A fired-up Buchanan, who was one of the former champions’ standout performers on the day and also this season, due to his powerful dribbling skills and ability to play on both sides of the field, said he was anticipating a good performance against the St George’s team.
“Well, it’s a great feeling scoring against St George’s College. Anytime scoring against STGC, it’s a great feeling. I am very happy,” Buchanan added.
Excelsior High will welcome Tivoli Gardens today in a game that should bring a comfortable win for Buchanan and his teammates.