Show of strength - STGC answer with strong win over Greater Portmore
St George's College demonstrated strong determination as they tagged Greater Portmore High 4-1 in an ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup Group A top-of-the-table clash at Winchester Park yesterday.
Hakim Williams opened the scoring in the 38th minute, followed by goals from Akeem Robotham (50th), Jevoun McKellar (72nd), and substitute Akiki Jackson in added time. Kymani Carless gave Greater Portmore hope in the 57th minute.
It was the home team's first game since the passing of former captain Dominic James. He fell during the game against Excelsior on Tuesday and was pronounced dead at the University Hospital of the West Indies.
Both teams observed a minute of silence ahead of the kick-off, while the St George's players all wore Dominic's number 7 on their sleeves.
The venue was jam-packed with mostly St George's students, teachers, and supporters surrounding the field, with Dominic's parents, Denese and Denis James, also in attendance.
Showed unity on the field
Despite the tragic loss the St George's team refocused and showed unity on the field for their third win from as many games for the season. The 20-time champions pushed to the top of the group on nine points, ahead of Greater Portmore on seven points.
It was a great team effort from St George's as Greater Portmore had their moments during the game.
The visitors were set back when goalkeeper Jamali Brown received a back injury from a collision in the 49th minute and was replaced in goal by Dominic Smith, with St George's leading at 1-0.
Jevoun McKellar, who put his team 3-1 up and who also assisted in the goal scored by Akeem Robotham, was adjudged man-of-the-match for a great performance.
"It was difficult for us to play, but coach (Neville Bell) had been helping us since Dominic's death. He has been like a father to us," McKellar told The Gleaner yesterday.
"First and foremost, thanks to my teammates for helping me. We will continue to fight as our goal is definitely to win the Manning Cup, especially in memory of Dominic," the midfielder disclosed.
Long-serving St George's College head coach Neville 'Bertis' Bell noted: "It was a tough game for us. We were not certain what to expect from ourselves. We did not want anybody to feel sorry for us. We want to play," an emotional Bell said.
"Now, it isn't about football, we just want to play. We wanted to do well with Dominic, and we still want to do well without Dominic," the veteran schoolboy coach added.
Greater Portmore's head coach Patrick Lewis said it was a disappointing result for his team.
"Well, basically, it was a major disappointment. We expected at least a point to remain in the lead, but St George's built on the loss of their captain and was stronger today," Lewis reasoned.
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