St James High impress in 2-0 win
St James High opened the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup quarter-final round with an impressive 2-0 victory over Spot Valley High at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday.
The Theodore ‘Tappa” Whitmore-coached St James High took command of the game from as early as the third minute when Cal-Wayne Allen slammed home a penalty after Tyrique Clarke was dragged down inside the box.
The early lead lifted the confidence of the winners and they took full control giving Spot Valley little chance all the way into half-time.
Clarke sealed the issue for St James midway the second half. He outfoxed the goalkeeper and Spot Valley’s defence line on a set piece to tap in a low cross in the 65th minute.
Coach Whitmore was delighted with the win as his team played according to plan. He admitted that the early lead set the tone for the victory and as soon as they got the second goal the game was over.
“Good victory this evening, I think I saw the Spot Valley team play once but we nullified their strengths and it paid off for us in the end,” said Whitmore.
Spot Valley's coach Gregory Palmer told The Sunday Gleaner that his team started flat, conceded early and things went downhill from there. He blamed inexperience for the team’s performance but is looking forward to a better display in their next match against Clarendon College on Tuesday.
“The first two minutes of play they gave away a soft penalty and we went on the back foot from there. It’s a young team, inexperience got the better of them but I guess they will learn from it and come better next game,” said Palmer.