JC advance after 16-goal rout ... XLCR sent packing despite 12-0 win
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
"It was nerve-racking, trust me." Those were the words of Delroy Brown, assistant coach of reigning Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC), after his team secured their semi-final spot with a three-plus goal difference ahead of Excelsior yesterday.
JC, who are aiming to win an unprecedented four trophies this season, thrashed Denham Town 16-0 at the Constant Spring Sports Complex yesterday. Excelsior outclassed Holy Trinity 12-0 in the group's other game at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex - but it was not enough.
Both teams finished the group with seven points each. However, the champions advanced by virtue of superior goal difference.
JC, who are set to meet St George's College in this year's Walker Cup knock-out final and Holy Trinity in the LIME Super Cup knockout final on Saturday, were led to their huge victory courtesy of a five-timer from former national Under-17 captain Junior Flemmings.
The striker netted his goals in the 18th, 22nd, 53rd, 89th and 90+4 minutes. He received good support from Allando Brown, who netted a hat-trick (39th, 75th and 88th) as JC led 6-0 at half-time.
Donavan Dawkins (32nd and 43rd). Rolando Brown (90+2 and 90+3). Sheldon McKoy (90+5), Akeem Shackleford (83rd and 90+1), Donavan Segree (19th), were the other scorers for JC.
Both teams began the day locked on four points apiece with Excelsior clinging to a +1 goal-difference advantage.
"I think that the best team went through to the next phase," Brown said. "We had to work for all of our goals and so we are moving on to the semi-finals and we are happy about that."