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Murray's double puts Dinthill in daCosta Cup final

Published:Saturday | November 28, 2015 | 11:00 AMPaul Clarke
Manchester High's goalkeeper Nicholas King (left) fails to stop a spectacular free kick from Dinthill High's Rodave Murray (not in photograph) during yesterday's ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup semi-final at Juici Field in Clarendon. Dinthill won 2-1.

Western Bureau:

Rodave Murray proved how devastatingly good he can be with a clinical double to fire Dinthill Technical into a first ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup final in more than three decades.

Murray inspired the Anthony Patrick-coached Dinthill to a come-from-behind 2-1 win in yesterday's semi-final at the Juici Field in Clarendon.

They will meet either Ben Francis KO winners St Elizabeth Technical or Lennon High who meet today in the second semi-final set for 2:30 p.m. at the same venue.

There were wild celebrations in muddy conditions for the Dinthill supporters after the final whistle was blown to signal the end of an enthralling match that swung back and forth between two evenly matched teams.

In addition to his two goals Murray missed an eighth minute penalty. His effort from the penalty spot struck the upright and went out of play, with Manchester High's goalkeeper Nicholas King well beaten.

Dinthill appeared destined to pay for the miss when Manchester grabbed a 28th minute lead. Central midfielder Jarvis Mattis sent them in front with a well-taken free kick.

The goal appeared to have stung Dinthill into lifting their level of play with Murray, Anthony Hewitt, Ramone Brown and Antone Rhule leading the charge with several dangerous attacks.

 

Crucial goal

 

Murray, who came into the match on 25 goals on the season, showed his class and dragged his team back into the contest in the 43rd minute with a spectacular free kick.

In the second half, it was end-to-end action. Manchester's Duhaney Williams along with Ajay Chin and Jevaughn Bailey troubled the Dinthill defenders with their hard running all afternoon, but to no avail.

Neither team was able to break the 1-1 tie even after the first period of extra time, but with two minutes remaining in the second period Murray, shrugged off his marker to slide the ball just under the advancing Manchester goalkeeper for the 2-1 victory.

It was yet another sad end to an otherwise promising season for Donovan Duckie and his Manchester side, following their 4-1 drubbing in the Ben Francis KO final last week by St Elizabeth Technical.