Jovoney Brown an­chors wob­bly STETHS to vic­tory

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal’s (STETHS) de­fender Carl­ton Wood­bine is car­ried off on a stretcher dur­ing the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup in­ter-zone match at STETHS, Santa Cruz, yes­ter­day. Wood­bine was taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter he was hit and left un­con­scious from the im­pact of a tackle in his team’s 2-1 vic­tory over Len­non High. WESTERN BUREAU: A HEAVY down­pour cou­pled with un­re­lent­ing flashes of light­ning sent match of­fi­cials, play­ers and spec­ta­tors scur­ry­ing for cover, tem­po­rar­ily cur­tail­ing ac­tion in the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup sec­ond-round game be­tween St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal (STETHS) and Len­non High in Santa Cruz yes­ter­day.

When the match re­sumed, STETHS held their nerve to reg­is­ter a come­from-be­hind 2-1 vic­tory.

Sev­eral other games were aban­doned be­cause of the tor­ren­tial rain, in­clud­ing the Glen­muir ver­sus Vere Tech­ni­cal en­counter at the Juici Beef Com­plex. The Zone 8 match, fea­tur­ing Kemps Hill and Gar­vey Maceo, was also called off.

Len­non High pushed St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal all the way, but in the end, a two-goal burst from Jovoney Brown lifted the home team to vic­tory. The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons waltzed into the top spot in Zone Three with max­i­mum six points from as many games.

It was sweet vic­tory for STETHS, but they had to do it with­out their classy cen­tre back Clifton Wood­bine, who suf­fered a head in­jury and mo­men­tar­ily lost con­scious­ness and was rushed to the hos­pi­tal. The ex­tent of his in­jury was still un­known up to press time.

BREATHING IS­SUES

San­jay Smith of Len­non also went down with what ap­peared to be breathing is­sues and was also rushed to hos­pi­tal as the Len­non coach­ing staff led by Mer­ron Gor­don, tried to mar­shall his play­ers.

But in a match that was re­ally a must-win, the STETHS pedi­gree was put to the test in no un­cer­tain terms by Len­non, with their mid­fielder Kwesi Watts pulling the strings.

His crafty play was a rev­e­la­tion for spec­ta­tors who were see­ing him for the first time, and he left his mark with some su­perb passes through to his for­wards dart­ing through the STETHS de­fence line.

In one bril­liant move, Watts went around the STETHS goal­keeper and his su­perbly floated pass was met at the far post by Odane Grant, whose header found the back of the net for the lead in the 21st minute.

Stung by the goal, STETHS made one ma­jor change at half-time, bring­ing on Brown for Den­roy Miller, who had his first start for the sea­son.

The sub­sti­tu­tion im­me­di­ately changed the com­plex­ion of the match, as Brown’s move­ment off the ball made the work eas­ier in at­tack for his team­mates.

He would re­pay his coach with a clin­i­cal fin­ish in the 61st minute to equalise and again scored in the 78th minute to bring his tally for the sea­son to 13 goals.

YES­TER­DAY’S RE­SULTS

STETHS 2 Len­non 1 Corn­wall Col­lege 6 Peters­field 0 Spot Val­ley 1 God­frey Ste­wart 0 Port An­to­nio 5 Brim­mer Vale 0 Dinthill 2 Steer Town 1 Manch­ester 1 La­covia 0 Mile Gully 1 Holm­wood 1 Al­ston 2 St Mary Tech 0 Spald­ing 1 Claren­don Col­lege 1 Ocho Rios 1 Fair Prospect 0

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