Another JC-KC showdown

Kingston rivals register wins to set up Super Cup semi-final clash

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer

Sunday, November 12, 2017

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CATHERINE HALL, St James — Two-time champions Jamaica College and arch-rivals Kingston College have set up another mouth-watering meetings, this time they will cross paths in the semi-finals of the FLOW Super Cup.

Tyreek Magee scored twice to lead two-time champions Jamaica College into the semi-finals after beating Dinthill Technical 3-2 in a competitive and close game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex last evening.

Magee scored once in each half, while substitute Gavin Thorpe got the winner after Dinthill Technical came back twice to tie up the scores with two good goals from Andre Fletcher and Antonio Roberts.

Kingston College, in last night's late kick-off, outclassed Rusea's High 4-1 to confirm their spot, spurred by a treble from Rashawn Mackison.

Both schools had recently met in the final of the Walker Cup, which Jamaica College won 2-1.

Meanwhile, Jamaica College are returning to the semi-finals after a one-year break, while Dinthill Technical have the dubious record of losing all three games played in the FLOW Super Cup, never getting past their first game.

Jamaica College join giant killers Calabar High and St Elizabeth Technical, who had won their games against Clarendon College and St Andrew Technical, respectively, a day earlier.

Miguel Coley, the Jamaica College head coach, was pleased with the win.

“We are happy to have scored three goals, but we lost too many balls and gave away two easy opportunities,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

“But this is football, and we have to look back to the tape and see where we went wrong and where we could do better and work on that in training.”

Coley, who led his team to their third hold on the Walker Cup knockout on Tuesday, added that in “the second half we had a little more commitment and more effort in attacking and we are happy to come out the winner”.

Dinthill Technical's Curtis Hamilton thought his team played well.

“It was a great game; we played well up to the point where we made the mistake, but that's football... at half-time we told them we had to cover, but we came up against a very good JC team, the Walker Cup champions, and we gave a good account,” he noted.

Despite back-to-back losses in three days after losing in the Ben Francis KO final to Clarendon College on Wednesday, Hamilton said: “We got the chances to give the game another twist, but after the game against Clarendon College we came out and played hard to the end, and I am pleased with the performance of the entire team.”

Unlike Friday's first game that was played mostly in a rainstorm, yesterday's games were spared the elements and it was Dinthill Technical, led by Clive Freckleton, that started better, pushing the Jamaica College team back into their own half.

Freckleton lofted a pass over the head of the Jamaica College defence in the 15th minute and into the path of Roberts, but the striker hesitated and gave the defence a chance to recover and block his chance.

Saqlain Waul had a chance to give Jamaica College the lead in the 24th minute when he got away on the right, but his shot was blocked at the near post and Sahniel Thomas wasted a good chance in the 31st minute when he powered the shot wide from close range after Maliek Howell had set him up with a well-weighed pass.

They made up for the misses two minutes later, however, when Magee finished off a superb move. The ball was swung from the right side to the left where Howell played it back into the middle of the area for Magee to fire it past goalkeeper Demero Hill.

Dinthill drew level in the 43rd minute when Fletcher beat the Jamaica College goalkeeper Khari Williams with a ferocious free kick from the edge of the box after Kaheemn Parris was brought down.

Dinthill had a scare at the start of the second half when Parris started vomiting and was sweating profusely just after the kick off, but was attended to on the sideline and returned to action.

It was Jamaica College that struck first in the second half when a shot taken by Magee from about 20 yards took a big deflection and flew past Hill's right hand into the goal.

Dinthill clawed their way back, and a minute after Jamaica College missed a good chance to add to their lead, Roberts struck from close range in the 66th minute after Parris made the best of a mistake by a defender to continue his run into the box before squaring the ball to his teammate.

Thorpe, who replaced Thomas in the 64th minute, was well placed in the 75th minute to give Jamaica College the lead for good as Hill just failed to hold on to a free kick and he powered it high into the goal.

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