Bridgeport deny JC spot in all finals
Livingston Scott, Gleaner Writer
Bridgeport High School denied Jamaica College (JC) the chance of competing in all the Corporate Area schoolboy football finals, after coming from a goal down to beat the Old Hope Road-based school 3-1 in their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Wata Colts (Under-16) semi-final football match at Constant Spring Sports Complex yesterday.
Jamaica College won this season's Manning Cup and LIME Super Cup (for urban and rural schools) and also contested the Walker Cup final, which they lost to St George's College. But while their Under-14 team turned back Ardenne 2-0 to earn a spot in the 'Pepsi' decider against defending champions Kingston College tomorrow, JC's Colts team could not hold their one-nil advantage against Bridgeport, as the St Catherine team rallied late to win the game in extra time.
Tit for tat
Payge Sinclair (23rd minute) opened the scoring for JC, but Jevaughn McIntosh (85th) netted late for St Catherine to send the game into extra time. Romario Powell then scored five minutes into added play to make it 2-1, before McIntosh netted his second five minutes later to seal the win.
Bridgeport's coach, Garnett Lawrence, said: "This team has come from behind already and we do not concede a lot. Even when we were one down, we knew
we were going to get back."
He added: "It (final) will be a tough game as St Andrew Technical is a good team ... so we just have to make the most of the opportunity."
Meanwhile, St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) will contest their first schoolboy football final at any level since 1987, when they last won the Manning Cup competition.
DeAndré Hutchinson's goal gave them a 1-0 win over Jonathan Grant in their semi-final.
"This Under-16 team reaching so far has created history, because it is the first the under-16s are reaching this far, and it has been a while since we have been in a final," said coach Phillip Williams. "We are looking forward to Wednesday."