Goal feast in MoBay
Fourteen goals were scored in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup semi-finals at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James yesterday as Clarendon College and Rusea's High produced two impressive attacking displays to reach this year's final.
The two many-time champions won by identical 5-2 margins over Dinthill Technical and St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS), respectively.
Nicque Daley and Lamar Walker were on target twice for Clarendon as they overran their rivals from St Catherine.
Technical director of Clarendon College, Lenny Hyde, was pleased with the display by his team.
"A good performance; we played well. I must congratulate Dinthill they pushed us back. On many occasions, we had to defend stoutheartedly, but we were organised and composed. Five goals is really a plus for us going into the final," said Hyde.
Dinthill's coach, Curtis Hamilton, admitted that it was difficult to motivate his players for the match.
"After the JC (FLOW Super Cup) defeat it was hard to motivate these players, but nevertheless, I think it wasn't a bad season for us," said Hamilton.
Coach Hamilton said the game got away from them when Clarendon added their third goal.
"I think the third goal really pushed us back because at the time we were in charge, but we just have to accept the defeat as it never happened for us today," added Hamilton.
Clarendon College got off to a cracker with leading goalscorer Daley's 20th minute strike and Lamar Walker's peach of a free kick from 25 yards out which gave them a 2-0 lead in the 38th minute. Dinthill's pointman Kaheem Parris pulled one back from the penalty spot five minutes before the break to send them 2-1 in at half time.
Ricardo McIntosh (52nd), Daley (64th) and Walker (74th) were on target in the second half for Clarendon while substitute Shamari Davis scored for Dinthill.
Scorers for Rusea's in the second match were Shawn Bradford in the 22nd minute, Leonardo Fogarty (38th), Nazime Matalie (49th and 81st) and Daniel Reid, 74th.
Alex Thompson (21st) and Jahlami Green (87th) were on target for STETHS.