Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Former champions Excelsior High thrashed Haile Selassie 12-0 in Group B yesterday to book their spot in this year's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Walker Cup Knockout competition. The match was played at the Courtney Walsh Oval.
The Leebert Halliman-coached Excelsior were led to victory courtesy of a hat-trick from Colorado Murray, in the 24th, 31st and 39th minutes. Murray received good support from Kareem Banton, Romaine Hosang and substitute Terrick James, who netted two goals each.
Banton scored in the 28th and 63rd, Hosang in the 85th and 87th while James notched his double in the 48th and 75th minutes. Tevin Jackson (seventh), Samuel Halliman (37th), Terrick Anderson (60th) were the other goalscorers for Excelsior.
Excelsior finished atop the group with 25 points ahead of Norman Manley with 23. They are followed St Jago (19), Cumberland (10), Waterford (five) and Haile Selassie (four). In the group's other games, Norman Manley defeated Waterford 4-1 and St Jago whipped Cumberland 6-1.
Halliman said despite his team's huge victory, he was not impressed with their overall performance.
"I didn't think it was a good game from us because we were playing against a very weak team and that is why we were able to score so many goals today. I think we were disorganised and if we were playing a much better team, we wouldn't have scored many goals," the Excelsior coach said.
Meanwhile, Spanish Town also sealed their spot in the Walker Cup competition with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Kingston College (KC) in Group F. In the group's other game, Greater Portmore blanked Penwood 5-0.
Daniel Francis scored the lone goal for the Anthony Thompson-coached Spanish Town in the sixth minute. The victory moved Spanish Town to 19 points, six ahead of KC (13), who are awaiting a ruling from ISSA after their match against Eltham was called off after the latter failed to show.
"I am feeling really good because we are a fighting team," said Thompson. "We played four games in eight days and my team really stuck to the task and so I must give my players a lot of credit for that."
STATHS 0 Calabar 4
Hydel 1 Jonathan Grant 1
Edith Dalton 0 Ascot 1
St Jago 6 Cumberland 1
Excelsior 12 Hailie Selassie 0
Waterford 1 Norman Manley 4
St Andrew College 0 Jamaica College 3
Josť Marti 0 Bridgeport 4
Spanish Town High 1 Kingston College 0
Greater Portmore 5 Penwood 0