JC books spot in semis

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

“I feel that we can do it all this sea­son,” said a con­fi­dent Fletcher, “We want all four ti­tles, so be­ing in the semi­fi­nals of the daCosta Cup is a great feel­ing,” He added.

“To­day we played hard foot­ball and it paid off. I am just en­joy­ing the foot­ball right now, and I know that we have enough qual­ity to win each time we play,” stated Fletcher.

Corn­wall is on a six­teen game win­ning streak in the daCosta Cup and have suc­cess­fully ne­go­ti­ated three games in the Flow Su­per Cup to reach Satur­day’s fi­nal against Wolmer’s.

Mean­while, Tavis Grant was on tar­get for Len­non in their 1-0 win over Rusea’s to win Zone Q with 9 points.

Else­where, de­spite go­ing down 1-2 to a plucky Spot Val­ley in Zone S, Claren­don Col­lege ad­vanced on goal dif­fer­ence over Lit­tle London, who de­feated Steer Town 3-1 to end their promis­ing sea­son on a high note.

The four semi-fi­nal­ists and Ben Fran­cis hope­fuls are Corn­wall Col­lege, STETHS, Len­non and Claren­don Col­lege.


STETHS 2, Peters­field 0 Claren­don Col­lege 1, Spot Val­ley 2 Lit­tle London 3, Steer Town 1 Vere Tech 2, Fair Prospect 0 Dinthill 2, Paul Bogle 2 Ocho Rios 1, Glen­muir 1 Len­non 1, Rusea’s 0 Corn­wall 5, Manch­ester 2 Manch­ester High School’s Ajay Chin (left) shields the ball from Howard Dent of Corn­wall Col­lege dur­ing their ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup quar­ter­fi­nal match at Jar­rett Park yes­ter­day. Corn­wall won the con­test 5-2. Ja­maica Col­lege striker Duhaney Wil­liams (right) cel­e­brates af­ter ss­cor­ing the lone goal in his school’s 10 win over St Jago High in yes­ter­day’s ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup match at Con­stant Spring Com­plex.

FOR­WARD DUHANEY Wil­liams’ lone strike in the 14th minute se­cured an out­right win for reign­ing ISSA-Flow Man­ning Cup cham­pi­ons Ja­maica Col­lege over St Jago High, while at the same time, se­cur­ing the hold­ers’ com­fort­able pas­sage to yet an­other semi-fi­nals.

The ‘dark blues’ pretty much went untested in Group I ac­tion which saw them spank sec­ond place team Den­ham 6-0 in their open­ing game, over­come Hy­del High 3-1 and down bot­tom placed St Jago 1-0, yes­ter­day.

Iron­i­cally it will be goal-scorer Wil­liams’ first Man­ning Cup semi­fi­nals. He for­merly played for Manch­ester High in the ru­ral-area daCosta Cup com­pe­ti­tion.

“I feel very good help­ing the team reach an­other semi-fi­nal. I am re­ally ex­cited and look­ing to help the team go all the way,” he told The Gleaner af­ter scor­ing what was his 10th goal this sea­son.

“I am con­fi­dent we can win an­other cham­pi­onship, and I will be go­ing out

there, and hop­ing to make a dif­fer­ence and do my best ev­ery game, and help get the win,” he un­der­lined.


The game was played on a slip­pery and wa­tery Con­stant Spring Com­plex sur­face in St An­drew, which made ball con­trol al­most im­pos­si­ble.

The poor un­der­foot con­di­tions clearly had an ef­fect on the team and in truth JC could have swamped St Jago by a big­ger score, but the con­di­tions cer­tainly did not en­cour­age clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing.

None­the­less, goal-keeper Akeem Cham­bers was the Monk Street-based school’s best player and was kept busy through­out the con­test, com­mand­ing his area to make sev­eral telling in­ter­cep­tions and blocks to keep his team in­ter­ested.

JC’s as­sis­tant trainer Don­ald Stewart said he was happy with the win, and his team’s progress.

“I am con­fi­dent that we can re­tain the Man­ning Cup. We don’t wear con­fi­dence; we go out there and dis­play it,” Stewart rea­soned.

Mean­while, at Prison Oval in Span­ish Town, in the other 3 p.m. game, Den­ham Town clipped Hy­del 3-2.

Den­ham Town’s scor­ers were; Jer­maine Lyons in the 10th, Ro­jaun Ben­nett 65th, with Lloyd Carter round­ing out the scor­ing with an 86 minute strike.

Hy­del suf­fered their sec­ond loss of the cam­paign, with Brad Tully (43) and Ni­cholas Nel­son (87), get­ting their goals.


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