Rusea’s seal date with Corn­wall

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: RUSEA’S HIGH on Satur­day joined St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School (STETHS), Claren­don Col­lege, and their old neme­sis, Corn­wall Col­lege, as ru­ral area schools to make the quar­ter-fi­nal round of the In­ter-Sec­ondary Schools Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (ISSA)-FLOW Su­per Cup af­ter a com­mand­ing 3-0 win over Haile Se­lassie High in the fea­ture game of the Mon­tego Bay Sports Com­plex dou­ble-header.

In the early fix­ture, STETHS had to come from be­hind three sep­a­rate times to put away a spir­ited Holy Trin­ity 4-3 to ad­vance.

A Rusea’s ver­sus Corn­wall Col­lege game has been on the lips of diehard school­boy foot­ball fans this side of the is­land for some time now. It has been over a decade since the last time these two most suc­cess­ful ru­ral area schools met.

STETHS, mean­while, will be look­ing to stave off Bridge­port High in their quar­ter-fi­nal clash, while Claren­don Col­lege tackle high-fly­ing Ex­cel­sior High and Kingston Col­lege meet Wolmer’s Boys’ in the other matchups for a place in the semis.

Rusea’s made a blis­ter­ing start against Haile Se­lassie, scor­ing the open­ing goal 40 sec­onds into the ac­tion when Leonardo Fogarty thrashed a right-footed shot into the roof of the net.

Not long af­ter, they dou­bled the score when Naz­ime Matahie net­ted in the 17th minute, with the ‘Rus­sians’ look­ing omi­nous with each en­su­ing at­tack.

It got worse for Haile Se­lassie on the 37th minute mark as ref­eree Da­nian Parch­ment pointed to the spot when a de­fender brought down Rusea’s mid­fielder Daniel Reid in­side the area for Ron­aldo Thomp­son to slot home to make the score­line 3-0, ef­fec­tively slam­ming the door shut on the Ge­of­frey Maxwell-coached unit.

AHEAD BY HALF-TIME

“We just had to pro­tect the lead. By half-time, we had the game won, so there was no need to play high-oc­tane foot­ball through to the end. I wanted to give rest to our play­ers,” said Rusea’s coach Aaron Lawrence.

“I hon­estly ex­pected a lot more from Haile Se­lassie, but even then, I thought we played a bril­liant first half to move on,” he said.

Haile Se­lassie barely had a shot on goal as Rusea’s tac­tics to close them down early paid off.

How­ever, Coach Maxwell placed the blame for his team’s loss on what he said was in­ter­fer­ence from oth­ers in how the team was made up.

“When you have too many peo­ple hav­ing a say in how the team is made up and who plays as against who does not, then it will af­fect the chem­istry and the mind­set of the play­ers,” Maxwell said.

“Tonight we saw that. We lost be­cause the play­ers in my mind have lost the be­lief. But aside from that, we have done well to get where we are in spite of the is­sues I men­tioned,” he noted.

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