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St George's College are ISSA Urban Under-14 champs

By Howard walker
Observer senior reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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Calabar High and St George's College walked away with the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association Urban Under-16 and Under-14 football titles, respectively, following contrasting wins at Stadium East yesterday.

Calabar High whipped Dunoon Park Technical 2-0 in a one-sided affair, while St George's College edged Wolmer's Boys' 1-0 to be deserved champions.

It was Calabar's first Under-16 title in 13 years, having last won in 2006 — the year after their senior team last won the Manning Cup.

Dajay Grant opened the scoring for the green and black-clad boys from Red Hills Road in the 23rd minute and, before their celebrating subsided, Armani Hines put the icing on the cake after Dunoon's goalkeeper Shawndre Grant spilled a routine cross in the 24th minute allowing him the easiest of chances.

Dunoon Technical were outclassed and offered nothing much going forward as Calabar sensed that, and toyed with them the entire second half, displaying a lot of tricks and flicks from the skilful Christopher Ainsworth.

Calabar's Head Coach Jeremy Miller was ecstatic as he congratulated the boys on a very good win: “It was a long season and this is what we set out for from the start, and we are just happy that we achieved it.

“The game was in two parts. The first half we scored two goals, but I wasn't pleased because the boys didn't play how I expected them to, but in the second half they came out and did exactly what we wanted and we won, and I am pleased,” said Miller.

“Hopefully it's the start of a trend, and we intend to build on this. And I am proud of the guys. We are just going to enjoy this right now and the work starts here,” he added.

For Dunoon Park Technical's Head Coach Gregory Hall, it was a frustrating evening as his team toiled hard but were just not good enough.

“Honestly, I am pretty much happy based on where we are coming from, because the preparation wasn't that wonderful. But they dug in and I couldn't have asked for anything more,” said Hall.

Meanwhile, in the curtain-raiser, Dante Peralto poked home in the 63rd minute as St George's College clipped Wolmer's Boys' 1-0 and secured their first Under-14 title in 17 years.

Peralto is the grandson of former Jamaica Labour Party Chairman Ryan Peralto Snr, who was also the Mayor of Kingston between 1981 and 1983. His father Dane Peralto also played junior football for St George's College, while his uncle, Ryan Peralto Jr, was a 100m hurdles athlete.

This win also ended a drought for St George's College, having lost their last five Under-14 finals and a number of semi-finals.

It was a deserved win for the “Light Blues” of North Street as they dominated the boys from Heroes' Circle and should have won more comfortably, having hit the woodwork twice with powerful shots.

The outstanding Adrian Reid Jr, son of former Reggae Boy Adrian Reid Sr, was a constant menace to the defenders and, in one of his many forays, he outpaced a defender and, unleashed a powerful shot that beat goalkeeper all ends up, but crashed onto the upright in the 58th minute.

Then midfield star Mathew Spence unleashed a powerful shot from just outside the box that crashed against the crossbar as St George's College probed for the second goal.

But just before that, Wolmer's Boys' got a rare chance after a miskick by a defender presented Daquan Duhaney with a chance on goal, but, with only goalkeeper to beat, he kicked agonisingly wide in the dying moments.

Winning Coach Duane Atkinson was a relieved man, having lost a number of finals at this level.

“It was a tough game, and I thought we made it a little difficult. We got a few chances which we should have put the game away but kudos to Wolmer's, I thought they played well and stayed in the game for a long time.

“It was a little nervous at the end, but the boys worked really hard for the accolades they now receive,” he added.

Wolmer's Coach Junior Bryan was clearly gutted, having lost in the final for the second consecutive year.

“I think the occasion got to most of these guys and they didn't play their usual game. We played in spurts, and that wasn't good enough to beat this George's team, as they really came out better than us today,” said Bryan.


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