Tough JC march into semis

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Akino Ming Staff Re­porter

AN­DREW PEART, coach of Ja­maica Col­lege (JC), be­lieves that his team is per­fect­ing the art of grind­ing out wins af­ter the boys from Old Hope Road came from be­hind to beat a de­fi­ant Holy Trin­ity High 2-1 in the ISSA Cham­pi­ons Cup, yes­ter­day.

Trin­ity took the lead in the 19th minute with a strike from Roy Eve­lyn, but pro­lific striker Nor­man Camp­bell restored par­ity in the 29th minute for the blues.

Be­fore the half­way mark, Trin­ity cre­ated a flurry of chances but failed to put the ball in the back of the net. And when the game seemed to be headed for penal­ties, Camp­bell scored his sec­ond in the 88th minute to se­cure his side’s spot in the semi­fi­nals of school­boy foot­ball’s premier knock­out com­pe­ti­tion.

“The men­tal­ity of the play­ers is to never give up and to be com­fort­able un­der pres­sure,” Peart said af­ter the game. “It is not just with this group of play­ers, but the en­tire school. To­day, we went be­hind early, and we didn’t al­low them to lead for very long, and im­me­di­ately af­ter they scored, we found the equaliser.”

His coun­ter­part, Devon An­der­son, was dis­ap­pointed to end an­other sea­son without a tro­phy.

“Dif­fer­ent game same old story be­cause we cre­ated a lot of chances as we have been do­ing from the sec­ond round of the Man­ning Cup com­pe­ti­tion, and we failed to put them away, and JC took their chances,” An­der­son said. “When I pre­pare a team each sea­son, I want to win a tro­phy, and it is a great dis­ap­point­ment ev­ery year to be fall­ing short.”

St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High also booked a place in the semi­fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion. The Santa Cruz-based school regis­tered a 2-1 vic­tory over Char­lie Smith High.

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