JC hammer St Mary’s 13-love
Coach Ferguson wants team to elevate level despite drubbing opponents
JAMAICA COLLEGE (JC) may have opened their 2022 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football campaign with a resounding result, but head coach Davion Ferguson says that they have to raise their level as they hunt for silverware this season.
The Dark Blues put away St Mary’s College 13-0 in their Group B encounter at Ashenheim Stadium yesterday, overpowering their opponents from the opening whistle.
J’Havier Lynch (7th 21st), Dyllan John (22nd, 80th) and Dontae Logan (61st, 86th) had two goals apiece, while Jayd Johnson (31st), Amarlie King (39th), Thyeim Shaw (45th), Maquan Aldridge (48th), Giovanni Taylor (52nd), Renaldo Barrett (84th) and Shaheim Pratt (89th) scored one goal each in an offensive onslaught that saw their team lead 6-0 at half-time.
While a strong offensive outing and clean sheet could be seen as a perfect display, Ferguson said that, at times, the team lacked a concentrated mindset, which for him they cannot afford to replicate as the season progresses.
“I think we showed a lot of signs of indiscipline in how we played. The game itself never helped, but we have to set the standard, we have to set the level. We cannot play to the level of our opponent,” Ferguson told The Gleaner. “In some moments, we did quite well and, in some moments, we did quite poorly.”
Ferguson said that he was pleased with how they controlled play, as well as the performances of youngsters Taylor and Logan, who got on the scoresheet.
While concerned about the execution in the final third at times, Ferguson said that there is time to fix those errors.
“How we wanted to play in terms of the game model, we saw how we possessed the ball. We had about 95 per cent of the possession in this game, which is to be expected. But what we did with it and how we managed the game is a little bit worrying. But I think it’s a little bit early to worry about things like that,” Ferguson said.
Meanwhile, St Mary’s College’s head coach, Gregory Walters, said that mental errors were the catalyst in their heavy defeat, replicating similar results last season before they were forced to withdraw from the tournament.
“The team was not focusing on the tactics that we showed them in training, so it threw off the team’s rhythm. We knew that JC is a strong opponent, but, coming up against them, you have to be mentally and physically ready and we weren’t mentally and physically ready,” Walters said.
In the other result from Group B, reigning Walker Cup KO champions St Catherine High blanked Holy Trinity High 3-0.