Excelsior 'happy' for point against JC
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Defending champions Ja-maica College (JC) were held to a tame goalless draw by Excelsior High, while Holy Trinity defeated Denham Town 2-0 in their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football encounters in Group J at the Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday.
In the first game of the double-header, the Devon Anderson-coached Holy Trinity kept alive their hope for a spot in the semi-finals of the competition through goals from Jevon Fuller (26th) and André Leslie penalty (76th).
With one round of matches to go in the group, Excelsior lead the standings with four points on goal difference ahead of JC. Holy Trinity have three points and Denham Town zero.
Anderson, whose team is also in the semi-finals of this year's LIME Super Cup knockout competition, was encouraged by their scoring.
"We put out our best effort and we came up with a 2-0 victory," said Anderson. "We squandered numerous chances in front of goal. This has been haunting us this season. Despite this, things are looking better because we scored two goals today."
In the feature game, JC and Excelsior created few, but clear, chances to score. Rafique Bryan got JC's best scoring chance in the first half, but his shot from 12 yards was saved by custodian Romario Palmer.
Excelsior's best opportunity fell to Rasheed Anderson, but his powerful header from 10 yards sailed over the crossbar.
The powerfully built Anderson, who tormented the JC defenders throughout with his skill and height, thought he had given Excelsior the lead five minutes into the second period, however, after collecting a through pass from Cadine Graham inside 18-yards box and with custodian Courtney Dowdie at his mercy, Anderson's weak shot went wide of the target.
JC's captain, Junior Flemmings, should have given the 'Dark Blues' the win in the 70th minute, but his weak effort from 12 yards was calmly picked up by Palmer.
"We wanted to win and Excelsior also wanted to win because they are a school with passion, but in the end it was a drawn game, and so we just have to move forward from here," said JC's coach, Miguel Coley.
Excelsior's Leebert Halliman was happy.
"I have to commend my boys because they did well," said Halliman. "I think they really played their hearts out, and so I am happy for the point."
Today's matches (Group H)
1 p.m. Haile Selassie vs Wolmer's Boys'
3 p.m. Calabar vs St George's College