JC lift LIME Super Cup
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica College (JC) turned in a gusty performance to capture this year's inaugural staging of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Super Cup knockout competition at Sabina Park yesterday.
Led by goals from Donovan Segree (25th) and Rafique Bryan (42nd), the 'Dark Blues' defeated underdogs Holy Trinity 2-0 to win the first title of the season.
The Miguel Coley-coached JC, who are in the running to win four titles this year, could add another trophy to their cabinet as they are down to face St George's College in the final of the Walker Cup knockout.
Coley was very delighted with his team's performance.
"We are feeling good," said Coley. "I think the guys went out there and played their hearts out, and we were very efficient and effective and so we came out victorious," he said. "We wanted to score some goals from the first-half and take it from there and we were able to do that, and so I am very happy for my players," Coley said.
In yesterday's final, JC dominated the early exchanges as they created a number of clear-cut chances, which their attackers failed to put away.
Their captain, Junior Flemmings, had a point-blank effort turned behind for a corner by Antonio Millington in the fifth minute. Hugh Watson also came close to giving JC the lead five minutes later, but his effort from 12 yards was cleared off the line by defender Shamar Smith.
They were finally rewarded when Segree pounced on a loose ball inside the 18 yards area and fired home past custodian Antonio Millington.
The 'Dark Blues' dominated the remainder of the first-half and Bryan doubled their lead when he arrived at the back post to fire a well-measured pass from Flemmings past Millington.
Chevon Bryan received Holy Trinity's best chance in the first-half, but his powerful volley from 20 yards was tipped over the crossbar by goalkeeper Courtney Dowdie on the stroke of half-time.
Holy Trinity came out looking the better team in the second half as they moved the ball around nicely on the well-grassed Sabina Park surface.
Holy Trinity, which is next door Sabina Park on Emerald Road, had the packed crowd in a frenzy when Jordan Foote dribbled around two JC defenders inside the 18 yards box, but with Dowdie at his mercy, he shot weakly and the effort went wide of the target.
Striker Joel Sterling also came close for Holy Trinity, but his glancing header from an André Leslie free-kick went wide of the target.
However, the fitter JC regained the ascendancy in the final 20 minutes, this after soaking up a lot of pressure from Holy Trinity.
During that period of play, Flemmings thought he had increased his team's lead, but his shot from 10 yards went wide of the target. Bryan also came close to adding to his team's tally, but his tame effort on goal was saved by Millington.
Holy Trinity's Joel Sterling came close to pulling one back for his team two minutes from time, but his powerful volley struck the crossbar.
Anderson said he was somewhat disappointed with his team's efforts:
"We are very disappointed because we came out there with the odds against us, but we fought gallantly but we were not clinical in front of goal and that cost us the match," Anderson. "But I must lifted my hats off to my players because nobody expected us to reach this in the competition," he said.