More frus­tra­tion for Ex­cel­sior High

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

EX­CEL­SIOR HIGH’S chances of reach­ing the semi-fi­nals of the ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup were dented yes­ter­day af­ter they played to a 2-2 draw with lowly Cam­per­down High at the Con­stant Spring Com­plex.

It was a very slug­gish per­for­mance from the Moun­tain View Av­enue-based school, who re­mained un­beaten in the Man­ning Cup but will need a win next week against Holy Trin­ity High to ad­vance. Holy Trin­ity were clipped 1-0 by Jonathan Grant in yes­ter­day’s open­ing match of the dou­ble­header.

Cam­per­down went ahead yes­ter­day when Je­vaughn Jemi­son scored in the 17th minute. Ex­cel­sior, how­ever, drew level two min­utes later with a Ki­mani De­com­bre strike and later took the lead from the penalty spot. The lanky Chavoy Mal­colm cooly slot­ted home in the 66th minute af­ter Thorne Buchanan’s goal-bound shot from close range was de­lib­er­ately han­dled by Je­vanni Laing. Laing re­ceived a red card for the of­fence.

De­spite hav­ing a player ad­van­tage, Ex­cel­sior failed to add to their ad­van­tage. They paid dearly in in­jury time when Ni­co­lai Small pun­ished an er­ror in de­fence in the 91st minute.

Mean­while, last sea­son’s semi-fi­nal­ists, Jonathan Grant, sealed full three points cour­tesy of a Geo­vanni Shorter penalty in the 75th minute.

Ex­cel­sior lead the group with four points and they are fol­lowed by Holy Trin­ity and Jonathan Grant on three each, while the out-of-con­tention Cam­per­down have a point.

Jonathan Grant will face Cam­per­down, and Ex­cel­sior op­pose Holy Trin­ity in the group’s fi­nal games. Only the group win­ners will ad­vance to the semi-fi­nals.

Ex­cel­sior’s sports mas­ter, Xavier Gil­bert, said his team man­aged the game poorly but was con­fi­dent that that they would get to the semi-fi­nals.

“We just have to win the next game and we will be in the semi­fi­nals, and that’s all we have to fo­cus on right now. Fight to the end. We are con­fi­dent we can make it to the semi-fi­nals,” Gil­bert told The Gleaner.

Jonathan Grant’s coach, O’Neill Thomas, said his team will be go­ing back to train­ing, with all their fo­cus on the last game.

“We will be aim­ing to play a good game and go for the win,” he stressed.

YES­TER­DAY’S RE­SULTS: Jonathan Grant 1 Holy Trin­ity 0 Ex­cel­sior High 2 Cam­per­down 2

GIL­BERT GOAL FROM PENALTY

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