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JC coach looking for conviction despite easy win

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica College players celebrate scoring their third goal in a ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football match against Holy Trinity and the Bell-Chung Oval in St Andrew yesterday.
Jamaica College players celebrate scoring their third goal in a ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football match against Holy Trinity and the Bell-Chung Oval in St Andrew yesterday.

JAMAICA COLLEGE (JC) came from a goal down to beat Holy Trinity 4-2 in their Group B Digicel/Manning Cup football match at the Bell/Chung Oval yesterday.

However, JC coach Davian Ferguson believes his team is lacking conviction and must improve their discipline if they are serious about achieving their ambitions this season.

“When we went 1-0 down we lost a little confidence, but we were still in control of the game. When we went to 1-1, it gave us a little bit of confidence, and we started to push, and we got the second and third goal, and at 3-1 up, the game got easy.

“But indiscipline started to creep in, and players started doing what they felt like ,and it gave Trinity a little foothold back in the game.

“They then got another goal, and it gave them a lease on life, and at 3-2, it was a bit more interesting for them, but we got the fourth goal, and that put the game to bed,” he pointed out.

“But these are games we have to win convincingly. The performance was not bad, but in terms of our conviction, it was not there.

“But it has to be fixed if we are going to meet the objectives that we have. It is something we have to push and get every member of the team to understand that on or off the pitch, discipline is the key.”

Kishawn Ellis fired the home team in front after 10 minutes, but J’havier Lynch levelled in the 34th to end the half at 1-1.

JC created numerous chances after the break, but Holy Trinity kept them at bay until the 73rd, when Lynch got a second through a cheeky assist from Maquan Aldridge.

Two minutes later, Kevaughn Wilson put them 3-1 up, and although Teiyono Vassell scored to make it 3-2 in the 82nd, Giovanni Taylor netted in time added to seal the win.

Holy Trinity coach Nicholas Stewart said they lacked depth, but he expects to be in the running for a second-round spot despite one win in three matches.

“It was a real good performance from the team, and I am proud of the guys because at the end we tried to get the equaliser, but we got caught on the break,” he said.

“We matched them for the first 70-80 minutes, but we lack squad depth. However, we have played the two better teams in the group, and we believe we can beat everybody else and come in the top three and get out of the group. But going forward, we will have more strength in depth.”

The result put JC atop Group B, but only on goal difference over St Catherine, who also boast seven points from three games.

St Jago are next with six points, followed by Holy Trinity with three.

livingston.scott@gleanerjm.com

Yesterday’s results

Calabar 6 - Ardenne 1

KC 3 - Meadowbrook 1

St Mary’s College – Cedar Grove (Pp)

Waterford 3 - St George’s 2

Norman Manley 3 - Spanish Town 0

STATHS 2 - Jonathan Grant 2