Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Defending champions St George's College sealed their spot in this year's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Walker Cup Knockout competition with an impressive 5-0 victory over Vauxhall in Group D at Winchester Park yesterday.
The Georgians were led to victory courtesy of a double from national Under-17 representative Ryan Miller (50th) and (90th).
Gregory Messam Jr (14th), Shevon Stewart (55th) and Oshane Boothe (57th) were the other goalscorers for St George's.
The victory moved the Neville 'Bertis' Bell-coached 'Light Blues' to 23 points, the same amount as Charlie Smith.
However, the Georgians finished atop the group by virtue of having a plus-six goal difference. Charlie Smith also secured their place in the Walker Cup competition, as one of the best second-place teams. Camperdown finished third in the group with 20 points ahead of Oberlin (nine), Vauxhall (six) and Donald Quarrie (two).
In the day's other games, Charlie Smith thrashed Donald Quarrie 4-0 and Camperdown beat Oberlin 4-0.
"Our first aim was to come out of the zone and we thank God for that and we thank God for the victory today," said Bell. "Five goals against anyone is always good and we are very happy for that," he said.
Bell added: "This is a young team and this is a new team and a lot of people thought we wouldn't win a game much less to come out of the zone and even to win the zone and so I am very pleased."
Messam, the son of former national player Gregory Messam Sr, gave St George's the lead when he fired home a well-measured cross from Martin Davis past the goalkeeper.
St George's dominated the remainder of the first half, but they were let down due to poor finishing from their attackers. However, the Georgians came out firing in the second period and were rewarded when Miller doubled their advantage with a powerful header past the goalkeeper. The speedy and skilful Stewart netted their goal when he tapped home from close range.
Boothe, a national Under-20 representative, notched his team's fourth goal before Miller returned to complete his double.
Denham Town 7 Clan Carthy 1St Catherine 1 Wolmer's 6Kingston Technical 0 Papine 0
Camperdown 4 Oberlin 0St George's College 5 Vauxhall 0Donald Quarrie 0 Charlie Smith 4
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Hydel vs Jonathan Grant
Edith Dalton vs Ascot
St Jago vs Cumberland
Excelsior vs Hailie Selassie
Waterford vs Norman Manley
Sr Andrew College vs Jamaica College
Jose Marti vs Bridgeport
Tivoli vs Ardenne
Spanish Town High vs Kingston College at Jon Grant
Greater Portmore vs Penwood
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Home teams named first and all matches are slated to start at 3:30 p.m.