'Holy' moley!

STATHS, Trinity progress to quarters

BY SHERDON COWAN
Observer staff reporter
cowans@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, October 21, 2018

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St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and Holy Trinity both progressed to the quarter-final of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition after securing contrasting results against Hydel High and St Jago, respectively, at Calabar High School yesterday.

Despite being held to a 2-2 stalemate by Hydel in their second-leg tie, STATHS advanced with a 3-2 aggregate scoreline after earlier winning the first leg 1-0.

Meanwhile, Holy Trinity overturned a 0-2 deficit with a 3-0 win over St Jago to also progress 3-2 on aggregate.

STATHS and Holy Trinity are also through to the ISSA All-Island Champions knockout tournament, while Hydel and St Jago will contest the Corporate Area Walker Cup knockout competition.

With a 1-0 scoreline already in their favour, STATHS made a spirited start in the curtain-raiser and quickly doubled the advantage when Jevoney Johnson netted in the 11th minute.

Hydel pulled one back to keep close courtesy of a dazzling solo effort from Fakibi Farquharson, who dismissed three defenders on his way to slotting home in the 22nd minute.

Both teams were reduced to 10 players after Deandre Walker of Hydel and Jenuin Pinnock of STATHS were given marching orders by Referee Okeito Nicholson in the 43rd minute for violent conduct.

The Bumper Hall-based STATHS again grabbed the ascendancy on the hour mark when Hydel's Ewan Hamilton turned a shot from Marvin Emmanuel into his own net.

Hydel tried desperately to get ahead of their opponents and eventually found one from the penalty spot when Kemar Reid converted in the 90th+3 minutes, after he was brought down inside the area. But it was not enough to deny last year's beaten finalist STATHS a quarter-final spot.

In the feature contest, goals from Phillan Lawrence (second), Roy Evelyn (63rd) and Dillon McEnnis (81st) lowered St Jago's banner and ensured Holy Trinity a spot in the last eight.

Faced with what seemed an uphill task, Holy Trinity wasted little time in springing to action as Lawrence slotted home from close range after St Jago's defence was caught flat-footed.

The South Camp Road team had to wait until the second half to add another when Evelyn slipped by defenders and fired past the hapless Diandre Burrell.

And with time quickly winding down and St Jago failing to capitalise on a few good opportunities, McEnnis then put the game to rest when he evaded a high-press defensive line and fired home nine minutes from time.

In other games, former champions Charlie Smith overturned a 1-3 deficit to secure a 5-4 aggregate scoreline after bettering St Catherine High 4-1 at Spanish Town Prison Oval, while St George's College blanked Mona 3-0 to finish with a 7-1 aggregate scoreline.

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