Late goal earns STETHS LIME Champions Cup spot
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU: Rushayne McClymont broke the hearts of his St Elizabeth Technical High School teammates with an 18th minute own goal that handed Manchester High the early initiative in their decisive Zone Three clash. However, he came up trumps with a stoppage time equaliser to put the daCosta Cup defending champions into the LIME Champions Cup.
The central defender's flashing header flew past Nicholas King in the Manchester goal, with only seconds left on the referee's watch, to spark scenes reminiscent of their title-winning celebrations last year.
Omar Wedderburn, the STETHS coach, said he was a relieved but confident man.
"We played a crocodile type of game today; crocodiles don't attack in haste," he said of the way his team fought their way back into the contest.
"It was an unfortunate own goal that set us back, but I was still holding the belief that we would get back into the game, and the goal finally came in the dying moments," Wedderburn said.
quiet game for STETHS'
It was a quiet game for STETHS' top scorer, Donjay Smith. Contrastingly, everything seemed to flow through Isamnia Cohen, the competition's leading scorer from Manchester.
He was everywhere, making telling passes to teammates and contributing as much to defending the one-goal lead as much as in attack.
The draw moved STETHS to seven points, while Manchester, with an inferior goal difference, still advanced to the quarter-finals with seven points as well.
Manchester's head coach, Donovan Duckie, was disappointed with the outcome.
"We knew it would be a tough game, but I am disappointed as we held the lead from early until that moment," he said.
"The history between these two schools shows that Manchester have never beaten STETHS, but I thought we should have held on for the win," he added.
Other teams advancing to the LIME Champions Cup are Cornwall (Zone One), Godfrey Stewart (Zone Two), STETHS (Zone Three), Clarendon College (Zone Four), Old Harbour (Zone Five), Dinthill (Zone Six) and St James High (Zone Seven).
The other qualifier from the daCosta Cup for the all-island LIME Champions Cup will come from Ewarton or Garvey Maceo, whose game was called off in the second-half yesterday, owing to crowd trouble, with the scores tied 1-1.
Cornwall 0 Rusea's 0
Godfrey Stewart 3 Green Pond 0
Frome 0 William Knibb 0
Clarendon College 0 Lacovia 0
Old Harbour 0 Cedric Titus 0
Dinthill 3 Titchfield 0