Haile Se­lassie, JC ad­vance to Walker Cup semis

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

FORMER CHAM­PI­ONS Ja­maica Col­lege and Haile Se­lassie High cap­tured the last two semi-fi­nal spots in the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup knock­out com­pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing con­trast­ing vic­to­ries yes­ter­day at the Con­stant Spring Sports Com­plex in St An­drew.

Haile Se­lassie stunned Ex­cel­sior High 6-5 on penal­ties af­ter yes­ter­day’s open­ing quar­ter-fi­nal ended 1-1 af­ter reg­u­lar and ex­tra time.

In the fea­ture match, JC eas­ily got past Holy Trin­ity High 3-0.

In the first game, Hamish Smith put Haile Se­lassie ahead when he con­verted a won­der­ful free kick from 20 yards past Ex­cel­sior’s cus­to­dian Ro­mario Palmer in the 42nd minute.

With time run­ning out, Ex­cel­sior equalised when Ca­dine Gra­ham scram­bled home from close in with the teams play­ing in­jury time at the end of 90 min­utes.

Ear­lier dur­ing the first-half Ex­cel­sior were re­duced to ten play­ers af­ter Tyrick Suther­land was shown a red card for stomp­ing on a Haile Se­lassie player.

Haile Se­lassie’s vet­eran coach, Ge­of­frey Maxwell, said his team played a good first half but lost their dis­ci­pline in the sec­ond half.

MORE DIS­CI­PLINE

“I think we played hot and cold. I thought Ex­cel­sior would have played a run­ning game. The play­ers need more team­work and more dis­ci­pline. How­ever, we give thanks for win­ning the game and go­ing into the semi-fi­nal,” Maxwell told The Sun­day Gleaner.

Los­ing coach, Shavar Thomas said Haile Se­lassie were the bet­ter team for the 90 min­utes of reg­u­lar time.

“For 90 min­utes, we were sec­ond best, but got bet­ter in ex­tra time. We will have to go back and pre­pare for the FLOW Su­per Cup and Man­ning Cup com­pe­ti­tions,” Thomas said.

In the sec­ond game, JC hardly broke a sweat in get­ting by Holy Trin­ity. The game ended as a con­test in the first half.

Duhaney Wil­liams opened the scor­ing for JC in the 17th minute. Holy Trin­ity had the chance to get the equaliser when they earned a penalty, but Jabouri How­ell’s kick was saved by JC’s cus­to­dian Ra­jay John­son in the 18th minute.

Former Holy Trin­ity player Ron­aldo Brown put JC fur­ther ahead in the 20th minute and Maliek How­ell sealed the deal in the 38th minute.

“It was a won­der­ful first-half per­for­mance by the team. We dropped the in­ten­sity in the sec­ond half as the semi-fi­nal is on Tues­day,” JC’s head coach, Miguel Co­ley, said.

The Walker Cup semi-fi­nals are sched­uled for Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 18 at Con­stant Spring. Kingston Col­lege will face Bridge­port High in one game and first-time semi­fi­nal­ists Haile Se­lassie tackle JC in the other. Ju­bi­lant sup­port­ers con­grat­u­lat­ing Haile Se­lassie High’s goal­keeper Mark Wil­liams (left) af­ter he scored and saved a penalty kick in his team’s ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup win over Ex­cel­sior High at the Con­stant Spring Sports Com­plex yes­ter­day.

JER­MAINE BARN­ABY

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