Leading from the front
Holy Trinity High's captain, Shai Smith, turned in an outstanding performance yesterday to lead his team into this year's semi-finals of ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup competition.
Smith slammed in the first and provided the assist for the second at Winchester Park in Holy Trinity's 2-0 victory over St Catherine High in Group H of the quarterfinal round.
The Holy Trinity captain, their most influential player this season, opened the scoring in the 20th minute, then returned to setup his team's second goal for strike partner Nicholas Taylor in the 39th minute.
In a bruising contest, both teams ended the match with ten players. Tavain Taylor of St Catherine and Holy Trinity's Omari Cole were both ejected for violent conduct.
In the group's other game, St George's College and St Andrew Technical High School played out a 0-0 draw at the Constant Spring Sports Complex. The two schools will now play-off on November 14 to determine the final semifinalists from the group.
Holy Trinity topped the group with five points, two ahead of St George's College and STATHS while St Catherine ended last with two points.
Devon Anderson, coach of Holy Trinity, was delighted with his team's performance.
"We were pumped up for this game, because we realised that after reaching the second round, we haven't played the type of football that we showed in the first round, and so we came out with our game plan and we executed it quite well," said Anderson.
"This is another step to where we want to go, but the job is not finished, because it is a work in progress," Anderson added.
Meanwhile, coach of St Catherine High, Anthony Patrick, said his players tried their best.
"I think we started out the game, in the first ten minutes, looking like we wanted to play, but then we gave up two soft goals," said Patrick.
"It was an uphill task from there, but I still have to say congrats to my team because they have done themselves some justice by getting into the quarter finals," Patrick said.
Meanwhile over in Group H, favourites Kingston College (KC) handed defending champions Jamaica College (JC) their first defeat since 2011 in the Manning Cup competition after a 2-0 victory at the Stadium East field.
KC finished atop Group H with seven points, one ahead of JC, who also qualified for the semifinals of the competition. They were followed by Bridgeport with three points and Calabar on one.
Bridgeport defeated Calabar 3-1 in the group's other game at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.