St Ge­orge’s FLOW Super Cup ti­tle de­fence over

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St Ge­orge’s Col­lege’s Alex Mar­shall (sec­ond left) shoots past Ex­cel­sior High School goal­keeper Ro­mario Palma and de­fend­ers Je­vaughn Bryce (right) and Deon­gelo Camp­bell (left) to score in the con­tin­ued ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup foot­ball match at Sta­dium East yes­ter­day. Ex­cel­sior won the sec­ond-half only con­test 1-0, to tie the game 2-2. Ex­cel­sior had won the first half of the con­test 2-1, which saw an aban­don­ment at half-time when news fil­tered in that St Ge­orge’s Col­lege’s cap­tain, Do­minic James, had died, af­ter col­laps­ing to the turf and be­ing rushed to hospi­tal. THOUGH LONE scorer Alex Mar­shall net­ted a stun­ner, earn­ing St Ge­orge’s Col­lege a come­from-be­hind 2-2 draw, Ex­cel­sior High won the day, earn­ing the au­to­matic FLOW Super Cup and Walker Cup knock­out po­si­tions from the ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup Group A yes­ter­day.

The Moun­tain View Av­enue­based in­sti­tu­tion pre­vailed in a spir­ited 45-minute con­test to re­main un­beaten in eight games and claim­ing 20 points.

St Ge­orge’s ended with 19 points and will not be able to de­fend their ISSA/Super Cup ti­tle. They will also miss the Walker Cup KO, where they were fi­nal­ists last sea­son.

Meet­ing for the sec­ond time this sea­son, the game was called off at half-time on Septem­ber 20, due to the pass­ing of St Ge­orge’s cap­tain Do­minic James, who col­lapsed in­side the first five min­utes.

Ex­cel­sior were lead­ing 2-1 at the half-time break and the Jonathan Grant 0 Haile Se­lassie 1 St Jago High 0 Hy­del High 1 Ex­cel­sior High 2 St Ge­orge’s 2

game was con­tin­ued – with the sec­ond-half – at Sta­dium East yes­ter­day.

Thorne Buchanan’s brace in the 30th and 37th min­utes gave Ex­cel­sior the lead. Buchanan had a hat-trick beck­on­ing, but failed to put away a 42nd-minute penalty, plus other scor­ing chances yes­ter­day.


Akeem Robotham scored St Ge­orge Col­lege’s goal in the first half in minute 25, while Mar­shall added the ‘Light Blues’ sec­ond in the 71st, bring­ing his goal tally to nine this sea­son.

“It felt good that I could score a good goal like that. I told my­self that I wanted to put my­self in a good chance to score goals here and help my team win the game and get the Super Cup place, un­for­tu­nately we didn’t win, but we want to con­tinue play­ing for ev­ery­thing,” Mar­shall told The Gleaner.

Ex­cel­sior’s best chance came when Tyane Wil­son streaked on­side, sup­plied Buchanan with a peach of a pass, only to see the striker fir­ing wide of goal with only the goalie to beat.

“We knew that they were gonna come and throw ev­ery­thing at us of­fen­sively. We tried to con­tain them,” said Shavar Thomas, Ex­cel­sior High’s coach.

St Ge­orge’s coach Neville ‘Ber­tis’ Bell said: “We are dis­ap­pointed that we didn’t make the Super Cup. We came here with an op­por­tu­nity to win two. We can still win the Man­ning Cup and we can still win the Olivier Shield.”

Mean­while, Hy­del won 1-0 and joined St Jago on 19 points. Su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence placed Hy­del sec­ond over­all to zone win­ners Bridge­port High, who qual­i­fied for the Super Cup.

Sur­prise team Haile Se­lassie qual­i­fied for the FLOW Super Cup for the first time in their his­tory, top­ping Group D with a 1-0 win over Jonathan Grant.

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