Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica College (JC), led by a hat-trick from national Under-17 captain Junior Flemming, thrashed St Andrew College 6-0 in Group E of their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football encounter at Old Hope Road yesterday.
Flemming netted his goals in the 17th, 57th and 83rd minutes, receiving good support from Ramone Howell, who himself notched a double in the 31st and 90th minutes. Akino Bailey was the other goalscorer for the Miguel Coley-coached JC in the 62nd minute.
The 'Dark Blues' ended the match with 10 players for the second time this season, after Bailey received a straight red card for violent conduct. Raffique Bryan picked up JC's first red card of the season, following their 5-0 opening game victory over Tivoli Gardens.
JC, who are seeking their 25th lien on the Corporate Area's most coveted schoolboy-football trophy, have now scored 11 goals from two matches this season.
Coley said he was happy with his team's performance, but he is a bit concerned about the two red cards that they have picked up so far this season.
"I think it was a good game," said Coley. "The team played according to how they were instructed to because we got some passes and we scored some good goals."
"We are very happy that we have been scoring some goals because our objective for the first round is to try and get a clean sheet," Coley said.
He added: "However, I am concerned about the reds because two games and two red cards and this is something that we cannot afford to happen to us. We can get away with it here, but playing against some other teams with 10 players, it's going to be difficult."
JC, who last won the title in 2010, started the match confidently as they dominated the early exchanges, but a number of strikers missed clear-cut chances. They were finally rewarded when Flemming collected a past inside the penalty box from Ronaldo Brown to fire home past goalkeeper Javani Munroe.
Howell doubled JC's lead when he dribbled past two St Andrew defenders then calmly slotted the ball home past Munroe to give his team a 2-0 lead at half-time. The speedy and skilful striker netted his second with a beautiful 30-yards free-kick, which went like a rocket past Munroe.
Calabar 0 Ascot 1
Edith Dalton James 1
Jonathan Grant 0
Waterford 1 Haile Selassie 0
Cumberland 0 Norman Manley 2
Jamaica College 6 St Andrew College 0
Bridgeport 2 Jose Marti 2
Ardenne 2 Tivoli Gardens 1