Dinthill pay the penalty

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BU­REAU: BRIDGE­PORT HIGH se­cured a quar­ter-fi­nal spot in the 2016 edi­tion of the FLOW Su­per Cup, but were made to fight hard to gain a 1-0 vic­tory over Dinthill Tech­ni­cal at the Mon­tego Bay Sports Com­plex yes­ter­day.

The lone goal of the game came cour­tesy of a 20th minute penalty kick from Sha­keen Pow­ell. The mid­fielder fired the spot kick down the mid­dle of goal af­ter the Dinthill goal­keeper Troy Tay­lor moved to his right.

There­after, it was prac­ti­cally all Dinthill. Their tal­is­man Ka­heem Par­ris opened up the Bridge­port de­fence sev­eral times in the first half, but they failed to find the back of the net.

And in the 32nd minute, his shot was charged down by a de­fender af­ter dancing by two other Bridge­port play­ers.

Com­ing into the game boast­ing a 100 per cent win record, Dinthill looked the part, es­pe­cially in mid­field, with a se­ries of slick one-touch passes, but they failed to make it count.

On the other hand, Bridge­port were com­pact in de­fence as it seemed they were ready from that point to de­fend their slen­der but pre­cious one-goal lead.

They made few for­ays the other side, as Dinthill, through Par­ris, Har­vey, Ki­mani Pryce and Stephen Brown pressed high up­field in search of the equaliser.

Bridge­port’s coach Gar­nett Lawrence was a happy man at the end of the game.

“We are just thank­ful to God that we are in the knock­out still, es­pe­cially af­ter play­ing an ex­cel­lent Dinthill team,” Lawrence said.

“Some­times all you need is one goal and a lit­tle luck, and tonight, we got that,” he added.

On a bet­ter day, Dinthill would have scored no less than five goals, but af­ter strik­ing the cross­bar three times and hit­ting the up­right twice, as well as hav­ing the ball cleared off the line two times in quick suc­ces­sion in the 87th and 90th min­utes, re­spec­tively, it was clear it was not to be Dinthill’s night.

“What can I say?” asked

de­feated Dinthill coach Kevin Wil­liams. “We did it all to­day and leave here with noth­ing. Such is foot­ball,” he said.

The loss is the first time this sea­son the Lin­stead-based Dinthill have been beaten, but Wil­liams said he is not fazed.

“We are not fazed. Our fo­cus re­turns to the daCosta Cup and Ben Francis KO, where we hope to push for at least one of those ti­tles,” stated Wil­liams.

PHOTO BY PAUL CLARKE

Bridge­port High’s Javaughn McIn­tosh (left) clears the ball ahead of a chal­lenge from Dinthill Tech­ni­cal’s Ky-mani Camp­bell in their FLOW Su­per Cup round of 16 match at the Mon­tego Bay Sports Com­plex yes­ter­day. Bridge­port won 1-0.

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