JC over­pow­ers Hy­del

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De­fend­ing Champs on verge of Man­ning Cup semis

WHEN PUSHED, reign­ing ISSA/Flow Man­ning Cup hold­ers Ja­maica Col­lege (JC) re­sponded like true cham­pi­ons, show­ing com­po­sure and depth in qual­ity to over­come a stout Hy­del High chal­lenge to win 3-1 at the Prison Oval play­ing field in Span­ish Town, yes­ter­day.

The cham­pi­ons now lead Group I on six points, cour­tesy of two wins from as many games and seem set for yet an­other semi-fi­nal spot, with only a game against lowly St Jago re­main­ing. Hy­del is sec­ond, on three points, with a game against Den­ham Town re­main­ing.

JC be­gan the con­test by ap­ply­ing high pres­sure on the Hy­del de­fence, though it was Hy­del who took the first shot at goal through for­mer Un­der-17 stand­out Ni­cholas Nel­son, who forced the JC keeper into a save.

The Dark Blues set­tled in the game with­out many ball pos­ses­sion, but forced Hy­del into de­fen­sive er­rors, with Cha­vany Wil­lis slic­ing home a pow­er­ful shot into the Hy­del net in the 25th minute, which took their de­fence off guard.

Five min­utes later, Tray McKay drew the Ferry-based school level at 1-1 from a di­rect counter at­tack, which ended in a tap in by the Hy­del at­tacker in the 30th minute. Ja­maica Col­lege player Tevin Rochester (left) fights for the ball with Hy­del’s Ro­dari Ed­wards in their ISSA/FLOW Man­ning Cup match at the Span­ish Town Prison Oval yes­ter­day. JC won the game 3-1. Duhaney Wil­liams swung the game de­fence from a JC cor­ner kick. equaliser when he climbed beau­ti­fully back in JC’s way 11 min­utes later For­ward Dono­van Dawkins fin­ished to head home a pow­er­ful 82nd (36th) by fir­ing past a lapse Hy­del off Hy­del’s hopes of a late minute goal, to se­cure all three JC

points.

The scorer was subbed on in the sec­ond half along with the clever Tyreek Magee, who added much at­tack­ing im­pe­tus to the JC team.

FEEL­ING GOOD

“I feel good to come on and score. It’s been a long time I haven’t come on and win a game for my school, but I feel re­ally good to help out my team,” Dawkins re­vealed.

“It’s my third goal this sea­son,” the player, who has won two Man­ning Cup ti­tles, and scored the lone goal which de­cided the Man­ning Cup fi­nal last year, told The Gleaner.

Hy­del’s coach Dono­van Duckie said JC did their home­work on his team and knew their de­fi­cien­cies, not­ing that his team “could have done bet­ter scout­ing of JC”, as well.

Mean­while, in the day’s cur­tain-raiser Den­ham Town held on for a 1-1 draw with St Jago High at the same venue, de­spite hav­ing a con­tro­ver­sial goal dis­al­lowed.

PATRICK PLANTER/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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