Ex­cel­sior, Holy Trin­ity vic­to­ri­ous

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

IEXCELSIOR HIGH and Holy Trin­ity scored sim­i­lar 2-1 re­sults against Jonathan Grant High and Cam­per­down High re­spec­tively, in the In­ter-Sec­ondary Schools Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (ISSA)FLOW Man­ning Cup Group H sec­ond round foot­ball matches at Con­stant Spring Com­plex yes­ter­day. In the first game of the dou­ble­header, Ex­cel­sior earned a hard­fought come from be­hind win. The Span­ish Town-based Jonathan Grant led cour­tesy of a goal by cap­tain Tahj Beck­ford in the fifth minute. How­ever, for­mer cham­pi­ons Ex­cel­sior were re­silient and struck twice through Ca­dine Gra­ham (13th) and Tyrick Suther­land (53rd). Following a big 5-0 win against Ocho Rios High in the pres­ti­gious ISSA/FLOW Su­per Cup com­pe­ti­tion last Fri­day, Ex­cel­sior got another im­por­tant win in the open­ing game of the Man­ning Cup’s sec­ond round.

Their head coach, Shavar Thomas, was nat­u­rally happy for the win to put three points on the board in their bid for one of four semi-fi­nal spots.

“We started out slow, but picked up and got an im­por­tant vic­tory in or­der to be in con­tention for the semi-fi­nal spot. I felt that the ref­eree made a bad call that led to Jonathan Grant scor­ing early,” said Thomas, who is a for­mer Ex­cel­sior High and Ja­maica star de­fender.

WORK IN PROGRESS

“I want to win the Man­ning Cup as it is a tra­di­tional com­pe­ti­tion. How­ever, we are also in the Su­per Cup. It is a work in progress, so we will take it game by game,” he added.

In the fea­ture game, Holy Trin­ity, who suf­fered a heart­break­ing 4-3 loss to daCosta Cup con­tenders St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School in the Su­per Cup last Satur­day at Mon­tego Bay Sports Com­plex in St James, re­bounded with the win against Cam­per­down.

Holy Trin­ity took the lead when striker Shai Smith net­ted in the 26th minute. Cam­per­down can­celled that goal cour­tesy of Ni­co­lai Small in the 73rd minute. How­ever, with time run­ning out, Holy Trin­ity sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute, Ex­cel­sior 2 Jonathan Grant 1 Holy Trin­ity 2 Cam­per­down 1 Group I Con­stant Spring Com­plex 1 p.m. - St Jago vs Hy­del 3 p.m. - Ja­maica Col­lege vs Den­ham Town

Orarando Salmon, net­ted in the 90th minute to hand his team a de­served vic­tory.

“The feel­ing is good to come off the bench and score the win­ning goal for my team. We lost on Satur­day and it mo­ti­vated us to come all out to­day,” Salmon, who got his first goal of the sea­son, told The Gleaner.

Coach of Holy Trin­ity, Devon An­der­son, praised Salmon for his pos­i­tive re­sponse af­ter he was left out of the team last Satur­day in Mon­tego Bay.

“Salmon did not play on Satur­day and cried be­cause he was left out and then the team lost. I spoke with him and he came back to­day and found the win­ning goal,” An­der­son shared.

“We had a long jour­ney back from MoBay Satur­day night and in less than 48 hours played again. The team showed heart. We are happy for the win to keep pace with Ex­cel­sior in the group,” he also shared.

RICARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Jonathan Grant High School’s Ro­mario Lewis leaps over Ex­cel­sior High School’s Ca­dine Gra­ham (right) to head the ball dur­ing their ISSA/FLOW Man­ning Cup foot­ball match at Con­stant Spring Com­plex yes­ter­day. Gra­ham scored in Ex­cel­sior’s 2-1 vic­tory.

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