It's a JC-Charlie final
Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Defending champions Jamaica College (JC) and Charlie Smith High will clash in this year's final of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/LIME Manning Cup competition, following contrasting semi-final wins yesterday.
JC recorded an exciting 4-2 victory over Camperdown. Akeem Shackleford (fifth), own goal (11th, Fabian Grant), Rafique Bryan (38th), own goal (90th, Akino Sadler) were the goalscorers for the Miguel Coley-coached JC. Camperdown's goals were scored by Ramiesh McKnight (24th) and Andre McCatty (61st).
In the opening match of the double-header played at the Stadium East field, Charlie Smith recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Wolmer's Boys.
Striker Chevon Crooks netted the lone goal for the Jerome Waite-coached Charlie Smith in the 57th minute.
"It was an excellent tactical game from the Charlie Smith team," said Waite. "We were very disciplined and organised and so I have to lift my hats off to them," he said.
Wolmer's coach Ludlow Bernard called the result a disappointing one.
"We did not put together enough attacks to create opportunities to score," he said.
In the feature encounter, JC came out looking the much better team and took the lead when Shackleford headed past goalkeeper Kemo Pinnock.
JC doubled their advantage six minutes later when Donovan Segree's long range shot was deflected into the back of the net by Grant.
Camperdown hit back in the 24th minute through McKnight, who collected the ball on his chest, then turned away from his marker to fire home past goalkeeper Courtney Dowdie.
However, Bryan restored JC's two-goal lead seven minutes before half time, as he arrived at the back post to tap home a Flemmings cross.
CAMPERDOWN MORE DETERMINED
Camperdown came out a more determined team in the second period.
McCatty cut the deficit when he collected a pass from Ajuma Johnson inside the 18-yard box before beating Dowdie.
Tajea Brown came close to giving Camperdown the equaliser minutes later but with Dowdie at his mercy, he sent his shot over the crossbar.
Camperdown were all over their opponents for the reminder of the half. They had the JC team on the backfoot with swift passing and clever dribbling. However, poor shooting let them down. Flemmings sealed the issue for JC, when his powerful shot was deflected by Salder into his own goal.