Jamaica College (JC) progressed to the semifinals of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup schoolboy football competition on Tuesday, despite losing 2-1 to St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) at Stadium East.
JC, needing to win to ensure that they advanced, were assisted by St George’s College and Excelsior failing to win their encounter at Ashenheim Stadium. That match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Two teams progress
JC join STATHS as the two teams to progress from Group H to the semifinals. STATHS won the group with maximum nine points, with JC, St George’s and Excelsior all finishing on two points.
JC, however, advanced with a goal difference of minus one with St George’s having minus two and Excelsior minus four.
STATHS’ got the victory through strikes from Romario Campbell in the 10th minute and Mikel Riley in the 36th. Phillon Lawrence had equalised for JC in the 18th minute.
JC controlled the action for most of the first half, but ironically it was STATHS who were more clinical in front of goal.
Campbell slotted wide of goalkeeper Daniel Russell to give STATHS the lead, after a shot by Shemar Daley was blocked and bounced kindly to him on the fringes of the six-yard box.
JC, needing to win to secure their place in the next round, maintained their pressure on STATHS and got the equaliser when Lawrence fired powerfully from the edge of the 18-yard box into the roof of the net, which gave goalkeeper Ricardo Laing no chance of blocking it.
Awarded a penalty
STATHS took the lead again with Riley skillfully back-heeling the ball into the net at the near post inside the six-yard box. JC defenders had failed to handle a corner properly.
JC got the opportunity in the 68th minute to level, when they were awarded a penalty. Goalkeeper Laing threw an unnecessary elbow on Shadane Lopez, which was spotted by the referee.
Laing blocked JC’s captain Shaniel Thomas’ spot-kick and the custodian again blocked his second effort from the rebound.