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STETHS stop Trinity in seven-goal thriller

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2016 | 10:00 AMPaul Clarke

WESTERN BUREAU:

Rural kingpins St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) stormed back from the brink of elimination to edge Holy Trinity High 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller in the FLOW Super Cup round of 16 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday.

STETHS' leading marksman, Jovoney Brown, struck a brace in the 12th and 85th minutes, respectively, as the Santa Cruz-based school rallied to score two goals late into the action to erase Holy Trinity's 3-2 lead.

Holy Trinity took the lead on three occasions, but were pegged back each time by STETHS. The Kingston-based Holy Trinity took the lead with a Rajhae Welsh goal in the eighth minute.

Brown found the equaliser when he rose above the Holy Trinity defenders to flick a header into the far corner. Shortly after, Holy Trinity were again in front when Shemar Farmar scored.

Again, STETHS showed character and poise to level things through Demar James, who lobbed Holy Trinity goalkeeper Antonio Millington.

With the teams going into the breakeven, STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn said he only told his players to relax, enjoy the game and remain focused.

On the 68th minute, Dante Green, Holy Trinity's second-half substitute, scored the easiest goal of the evening to put his team in the lead again after a goalkeeping error.

SUPERIOR STRENGTH

Thereafter, it was practically all STETHS. They used superior strength and their usual courage to orchestrate a fightback that resulted in goals from Rojay Robinson in the 83rd and Brown in the 85th minutes, respectively, to log the win, which resulted in them sweeping into the quarter-finals.

"We never doubted the outcome. Even when we are trailing, I know we have the ability to win games like these," said Wedderburn.

"This is a match that typifies how tough mentally this STETHS team really is, and the guys did everything we asked of them in securing this victory," he said.

Everton Russell, the assistant coach at Holy Trinity, said the loss was a severe blow to his team, especially after holding the lead three times.

"The boys are distraught. I think we did enough, but they had some more as you see in the result, but it was a good game. both teams counter-punched with skill, but in the end, there could only be one winner," conceded Russell.