STETHS stop Trin­ity in seven-goal thriller

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WEST­ERN BU­REAU: RU­RAL KING­PINS St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal (STETHS) stormed back from the brink of elim­i­na­tion to edge Holy Trin­ity High 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller in the FLOW Su­per Cup round of 16 at the Mon­tego Bay Sports Com­plex yes­ter­day.

STETHS’ lead­ing marks­man, Jovoney Brown, struck a brace in the 12th and 85th min­utes, re­spec­tively, as the Santa Cruzbased school ral­lied to score two goals late into the ac­tion to erase Holy Trin­ity’s 3-2 lead.

Holy Trin­ity took the lead on three oc­ca­sions, but were pegged back each time by STETHS. The Kingston-based Holy Trin­ity took the lead with a Ra­jhae Welsh goal in the eighth minute.

Brown found the equaliser when he rose above the Holy Trin­ity de­fend­ers to flick a header into the far cor­ner. Shortly af­ter, Holy Trin­ity were again in front when She­mar Far­mar scored.

Again, STETHS showed char­ac­ter and poise to level things through Demar James, who lobbed Holy Trin­ity goal­keeper An­to­nio Milling­ton.

With the teams go­ing into the breakeven, STETHS coach Omar Wed­der­burn said he only told his play­ers to re­lax, en­joy the game and re­main fo­cused.

On the 68th minute, Dante Green, Holy Trin­ity’s sec­ond­half sub­sti­tute, scored the eas­i­est goal of the evening to put his team in the lead again af­ter a goal­keep­ing er­ror.

SU­PE­RIOR STRENGTH

There­after, it was prac­ti­cally all STETHS. They used su­pe­rior strength and their usual courage to or­ches­trate a fight­back that re­sulted in goals from Ro­jay Robin­son in the 83rd and Brown in the 85th min­utes, re­spec­tively, to log the win, which re­sulted in them sweep­ing into the quar­ter­fi­nals.

“We never doubted the out­come. Even when we are trail­ing, I know we have the abil­ity to win games like these,” said Wed­der­burn.

“This is a match that typ­i­fies how tough men­tally this STETHS team re­ally is, and the guys did ev­ery­thing we asked of them in se­cur­ing this vic­tory,” he said.

Ever­ton Rus­sell, the as­sis­tant coach at Holy Trin­ity, said the loss was a se­vere blow to his team, es­pe­cially af­ter hold­ing the lead three times.

“The boys are dis­traught. I think we did enough, but they had some more as you see in the re­sult, but it was a good game. both teams counter-punched with skill, but in the end, there could only be one win­ner,” con­ceded Rus­sell.

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