...For Issa/dig­i­cel Walker Cup fi­nal

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - By Paul a Reid Ob­server writer

CATHER­INE HALL, St James — The semi-fi­nal­ists in the ISSA Cham­pi­ons Cup all-is­land knock­out will be de­cided to­day fol­low­ing two dou­ble-header quar­ter-fi­nal games at Mon­tego Bay Sports Com­plex and Sta­dium East.

The games in Mon­tego Bay will fea­ture the last two beaten fi­nal­ists St Eliz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School (STETHS) and Corn­wall Col­lege, while at Sta­dium East there will be a re­peat of the 2014 fi­nal be­tween Ja­maica Col­lege and Holy Trin­ity High.

STETHS, who were beaten in last year’s fi­nal, will face Char­lie Smith High in the first game set to start at 4:00 pm fol­lowed by 2016 fi­nal­ists Corn­wall Col­lege against Cam­per­down High.

Ja­maica Col­lege meet Holy Trin­ity in the first game at Sta­dium East fol­lowed by for­mer cham­pi­ons St George’s Col­lege against St An­drew Tech­ni­cal High School (STATHS) with the win­ners ad­vanc­ing to the Novem­ber 16 semi-fi­nals.

The games at the Mon­tego Bay Sports Com­plex are the only ones fea­tur­ing schools from the da­costa Cup against Man­ning Cup teams as STETHS and Corn­wall Col­lege were the only ru­ral area schools that man­aged a win in last week­end’s first round which was dom­i­nated by the Cor­po­rate Area schools.

In­ter­est­ingly, both STETHS and Corn­wall Col­lege ad­vanced to the quar­ter-fi­nals af­ter aveng­ing their losses in the fi­nals; STETHS beat­ing Kingston Col­lege and Corn­wall Col­lege get­ting the bet­ter of Wolmer’s Boys’ last week­end, both on penalty kicks af­ter the games ended in 1-1 score­lines.

Of the four schools play­ing at Cather­ine Hall to­day, only Cam­per­down High did not need penalty kicks to ad­vance af­ter beat­ing Frome Tech­ni­cal 1-0 at to­day’s venue, while Char­lie Smith up­set the highly fan­cied Claren­don Col­lege on penalty kicks af­ter giv­ing up a 1-0 lead late in the con­test.

On pa­per the ru­ral area schools have the edge go­ing into the matches, but none of the four teams will be let­ting down their guards with very lit­tle be­tween them based on their first-round vic­to­ries.

STETHS, who failed to get into the semi-fi­nals of the ISSA/ Wata da­costa Cup for the first time in years, will be seek­ing to end a two-year ti­tle drought and started the Cham­pi­ons Cup with a big up­set win over hold­ers Kingston Col­lege at Sabina Park last Fri­day.

It could be a bat­tle of STETHS’, of­fence led by the pro­lific Ron­aldo Web­ster, who, de­spite be­ing kept off the score­sheet last week, is ex­pected to lead the team’s at­tack against a well-or­gan­ised Char­lie Smith team that was able to re­strict the po­tent Claren­don Col­lege of­fence.

Char­lie Smith’s win over Claren­don Col­lege was their first in a while af­ter they earned only a point in their Man­ning Cup quar­ter-fi­nal group.

STETHS, on the other hand, just missed a spot in the da­costa Cup semi-fi­nals, fin­ish­ing sec­ond be­hind Dinthill Tech­ni­cal but scored five times in their three games.

Corn­wall Col­lege and Cam­per­down High will be meet­ing for the first time in 36 years, since the Olivier Shield in 1982, and would have had a chance to see each other last week.

Both teams in the sec­ond game at Cather­ine Hall will have to step up their ef­forts af­ter sub-par per­for­mances last week­end.

Cam­per­down High just missed a spot in the Man­ning Cup semi-fi­nal, los­ing to Kingston Col­lege, when a draw would have been good enough to see them through, but strug­gled for long pe­ri­ods against Frome Tech­ni­cal in the first round and were only spared by the da­costa Cup team’s poor fin­ish­ing.

Corn­wall Col­lege, on the other hand, looked slug­gish against Wolmer’s Boys’ and failed to get into any rhythm against a well-or­gan­ised team.

Corn­wall Col­lege were saved in the penalty shoot-out by goal­keeper Pe­ter Sin­clair, but will be hop­ing strik­ers Ai­den Jokomba, Solano Birch and Shavon Mcdon­ald will be able to do the job in reg­u­la­tion time to­day.

Both games at Sta­dium East prom­ise ex­cite­ment and closely con­tested af­fairs de­spite the first-round re­sults.

St George’s Col­lege saw off Gar­vey Maceo High 2-0 with two well-taken goals, while Ja­maica Col­lege cruised past Mile Gully High 4-0 for the most com­fort­able mar­gin of the first round.

Both Holy Trin­ity and STATHS have been knock­ing at the door of a ti­tle for the last few years and will get an­other chance of re­turn­ing to a semi-fi­nal but will find tough

teams in their paths.

De­spite draw­ing twice in the quar­ter-fi­nals, St George’s Col­lege are un­beaten all year and will prove a dif­fi­cult op­po­nent for STATHS, who will be with­out their in­spi­ra­tional goal­keeper Jea­dine White, as he is with the Na­tional Un­der-20 team at the Con­ca­caf Un­der-20 Cham­pi­onship in the USA.

Ja­maica Col­lege had one blem­ish in the first round and face a Holy Trin­ity team that lost twice in the quar­ter-fi­nals, but re­bounded to beat Dinthill Tech­ni­cal in the first round of the Cham­pi­ons Cup.

To­day’s games

Ja­maica Col­lege vs Holy Trin­ity High @ 4:00 pm

St George’s Col­lege vs STATHS @ 6:00 pm

STETHS vs Char­lie Smith High 4:00 pm

Corn­wall Col­lege vs Cam­per­down High 6:00 @ pm

Damor­ney Hutchin­son (left) of Ex­cel­sior High be­ing chal­lenged by St Cather­ine High’s Leon Sil­vera dur­ing their Issa/dig­i­cel Walker Cup knock­out semi-fi­nal en­counter at Span­ish Town Prison Oval yes­ter­day. Ex­cel­sior won 6-5 on penal­ties.

Corn­wall Col­lege’s Ai­den Jokomba (left) bat­tles Wolmer’s Boys’ Dishawn Bernard in last Satur­day’s ISSA Cham­pi­ons Cup first-round game played at Mon­tego Bay Sports Com­plex. Corn­wall Col­lege won the game 3-2 on penalty kicks af­ter they played out a 1-1 draw in reg­u­la­tion time.

Shaquile Brad­ford (fore­ground) of Cam­per­down High is dou­ble-teamed by Frome Tech­ni­cal’s Zeco Stone (right) and Jevoy Har­vey in last Satur­day’s ISSA Cham­pi­ons Cup first-round game played at the Mon­tego Bay Sports Com­plex.

Cam­per­down High’s goal­keeper Daniel Prince Smith saves a penalty kick from Frome Tech­ni­cal’s Gio­vaunni Mit­too in last Satur­day’s ISSA Cham­pi­ons Cup first-round game played at Mon­tego Bay Sports Com­plex. Cam­per­down won the game 1-0 to ad­vance to to­day’s quar­ter­fi­nals against Corn­wall Col­lege.

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