Handful of goals for JC in season opener
Paul Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Title holders Jamaica College (JC) needed only 10 men to defeat Jonathan Grant 5-0 in their opening match of the 2014 ISSA/LIME Manning Cup at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday.
Inspired by captain Junior Flemmings, who had a hand in four of the five goals, JC produced a first half of real class and went 3-0 up inside the opening 29th minutes before strolling to the lopsided win and three points to open their campaign.
"We started positively and that was what gave us the start we got," said Miguel Coley, the JC coach.
"Five-nil is impressive, but the fact that we won is more important, and this will set us up for the long run in this competition," he said.
The floodgates were opened in the 15th minute. Flemmings' fine through ball landed nicely for import Akeem Shackleford, formerly of William Knibb Memorial High, and the latter fired past Jonathan Grant's goalkeeper, Christopher Wisdom.
Sheldon McKoy lifted the Old Hope Road-based school into a 2-0 lead in the 28th minute, with Flemmings again the provider.
Flemmings destroyed the Jonathan Grant defenders to set up Shackleford for his second goal and a 3-0 lead in the 29th minute.
But the good work was tarnished when defender Zaron Sewell was issued a red card in the 43rd minute for a foul on Neville Douglas as the Jonathan Grant attacker broke free on goal.
After the break, Flemmings capped off a good match with goals in the 86th and 88th minutes.
"We wanted to send a statement and I think we did that with this victory. It was a pleasing match," the JC player said.