XLCR’s Buchanan sets tar­gets

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

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.

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