JC ease past STATHS
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica College eased past St Andrew Technical High (STATHS) 3-0 to secure top spot in Group G of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition at JC yesterday.
The outcome was never in doubt as JC dominated possession and STATHS failed to match them. JC got their goals from Ronaldo Brown in the 24th minute, Sheldon McKay (45th), and central defender Allando Brown (59th).
With the victory, JC maintained their perfect record in the group with six wins. They are now on an unassailable 18 points, with two games remaining in the preliminary stage.
JC's coach, Miguel Coley, said the result was never in doubt as his team dominated possession and that paved the way for an easy victory.
"I think that we killed the game with our passes. That is the best way to gel as a team. I am pleased with the performance of the team," Coley told The Gleaner.
"We now want to continue our rotation policy as we prepare for the Manning Cup next stage, as well as the new LIME Super Cup competition and the Walker Cup," he disclosed.
Junior Flemmings, captain of JC, who has only scored four goals so far after winning the leading-scorer award last season is not too concerned about his form in front of goal.
"I'm not really too concerned about scoring as the greatest thing is that we are winning the games," Flemmings, who is in his fifth and final schoolboy season, disclosed.
Stayed to win trophies
"The aim is to defend the Manning Cup and win the other titles. I really stayed to win trophies in my final year as I could have moved on to college overseas," he informed.
"I have played five seasons, and I knew that the goals might not come like before, so my role is to support the other players," he added.
Keith Nichol, the STATHS coach, was not pleased with his team's performance.
"We allowed them (JC) too much space to play, and that made the difference. A number of our players are affected by the chikungunya virus, so we have to be using some young players," Nichol said.
STATHS remained on six points after yesterday's defeat but are still in contention for a spot in the next stage.
Campion College 1 St George's 7
Kingston College 1 José Marti 0
Greater Portmore 2 Camperdown 3
Bridgeport 2 Haile Selassie 1
Spanish Town 1 Wolmer's 1
Holy Trinity 1Trench Town 0
Jonathan Grant 3 Norman Manley 3
Jamaica College 3 STATHS 0
Excelsior vs Vauxhall at Courtney Walsh Oval
Cumberland vs Charlie Smith at Cumberland High
Edith Dalton James vs Ardenne at Edith Dalton
Tivoli vs Innswood at Edward Seaga Complex
St Mary's College vs Denham Town at St Mary's College
Penwood vs Hydel at Cling Cling Oval
Calabar vs St Catherine at Calabar High
Eltham vs St Jago at Eltham High
All games start at 3:30 p.m.