STETHS vic­tory ends Munro dream

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: MUNRO COL­LEGE fell just short in their quest for one of the au­to­matic qual­i­fy­ing spots for the In­ter-Sec­ondary Schools Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (ISSA)-FLOW da Costa Cup in­ter-zone round, as Demar James’ 63rd minute goal gave cham­pi­ons STETHS a 1-0 vic­tory in Malvern yes­ter­day.

It was the for­ward’s sixth goal of the sea­son and it ac­counted for STETHS’ 24th point in top­ping the com­pet­i­tive Zone E.

La­covia High’s 16 points were good enough for the sec­ond au­to­matic spot, while Munro once again dis­ap­pointed with 15 points and third.

LIT­TLE AT­TACK

Com­ing into the do-or-die derby game, Munro showed lit­tle in­tent in at­tack, pri­mar­ily in the first half, al­low­ing their neme­sis too much time to set­tle into their rhythm. But a lessthan-per­fect sur­face made it dif­fi­cult for the Omar

Wed­der­burn-coached team to get into more threat­en­ing po­si­tions in and around the op­po­si­tion’s 18-yard area.

How­ever, it was a more com­pet­i­tive af­fair in the sec­ond half, with Munro show­ing plenty more ur­gency in at­tack.

They came close to scor­ing in the 69th minute when Ti­mor Lewis’ ef­fort was saved at the near post by STETHS goal­keeper Ken­roy Wal­lace.

They again threat­ened af­ter James scored, this time de­fender Dean­jelo Brown was forced to clear off the line for STETHS, as Munro upped the tempo in search of the equaliser, know­ing a draw would have taken them into sec­ond place in the zone on goal dif­fer­ence over La­covia.

That sce­nario would have been good enough to make the home­sters ad­vance, but the STETHS de­fend­ers were res­o­lute.

Wen­dell Down­swell, STETHS’ tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, said that his team can now re­fo­cus for the im­por­tant in­ter-zone round from which the win­ners in each group will make the cash-rich FLOW Su­per Cup.

“Now it’s se­ri­ous busi­ness; this is where we usu­ally pick up or game. The play­ers are look­ing for­ward to this,” said Down­swell.

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