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The battle is on

Cornwall College meet Camperdown High Saturday in ISSA Champions Cup all-island competition for semi-final slot

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, November 08, 2018

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CATHERINE HALL, St James — Cornwall College are seeking a semi-final spot in the ISSA Champions Cup all-island competition when they take on Manning Cup team Camperdown High in the second game of a double-header at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday. Match time is 6:00 pm. St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) exacted revenge on Kingston College in their first-round game, winning 6-5 on sudden-death penalties at Sabina Park on Friday, and will face Charlie Smith High in the first game on Saturday.

If Cornwall beat Camperdown High, it would be the second semi-final berth for the Dr Dean Weatherly-coached team, as they are also at the same stage in the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup against Frome Technical, with the match scheduled for next Thursday.

Cornwall College, the 2016 losing finalists, beat Wolmers' Boys, School 3-2 on penalty kicks in the first-round played at the same venue on Saturday, and are one of only two schools from the rural area daCosta Cup competition left in the competition.

Frome Technical, the other western based- school that qualified for the Champions Cup, were beaten 0-1 by Camperdown in the first match of the double-header.

Ironically, both games were repeats of the last two finals with the rural area schools gaining revenge for their losses.

Both games had finished 1-1 in regulation time and as per the rules of the competition, they went directly to penalty kicks, which in both instances, turned out to be dramatic.

In Kingston, STETHS missed a chance to win in regulation penalties, but were spared blushes by winning in the eighth round, while Cornwall College's goalkeeper Peter Sinclair came up big on his 18th birthday with two saves to keep Cornwall in the game.

Come Saturday, Cornwall College are hoping the one-week rest, and playing closer to home, will work in their favour, as they meet Camperdown High for the first time in 36 years, the last time being the 1982 Olivier Shield play-offs.

Cornwall College are unbeaten in 16 games played this season — 15 of those in the daCosta Cup competition and face a Camperdown High team fighting to salvage their season after being knocked out of the Manning Cup. Camperdown High needed only a draw to win their quarter-final group in the Manning Cup last week, but were beaten 2-0 by Kingston College.

Camperdown got off to a slow start against Frome Technical on Saturday.

A goal early in the second half from Ziddon Braithwaite gave them some breathing space as they held on for a slim win over Frome Technical.

Cornwall College came from behind to earn a draw against a very well-organised Wolmer's Boys' team.

With the prolific Aiden Jokomba who has 16 goals so far, failing to score for the third straight game, and Solano Birch kept off the scoresheet for the first time after scoring in their last five games, it was up to utility player Matthew Thorpe to score for Cornwall College.

Weatherly is hoping for more production on the attacking end on Saturday. After the win against Wolmer's, he told the Jamaica Observer West that “this is the time of the year when the defence is key.”

“We cannot win games without a sound defence,” he stressed.

Sinclair, the starting goalkeeper over Daveon Peterkin, the latter getting the nod last year repaid the trust of the coaching staff with some big saves in regulation time, before his heroics in the penalty shoot-out, where he saved two shots

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