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St George's topple defending champions Jamaica College 2-1

By Leighton Levy November 20, 2018

 A new Manning Cup champion will be crowned in 2018 as St. George’s College defeated five-time defending champions Jamaica College 2-1 on Tuesday in semi-final action at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Jamaica College had won five consecutive titles since 2013 but they were upended by a well-organised St. George’s, who now have an opportunity to win another title since they last held the trophy in 2012.

Both teams battled to a 0-0 stalemate in an evenly contested first half. However, the first goal came in the 59th minute from Chanthamoi Taylor, who came on as a substitute to replace Raheem Williams four minutes earlier.

Taylor robbed defender Nathan Hunter just outside the box and powered towards goal and passed the ball past goalkeeper Khari Williams into the right side of the Jamaica College net.

St. George’s doubled the lead in the 72nd minute when Man-of-the-Match Damani Harris tapped in from close range after receiving a pass inside the box from Taylor. It was his 15th goal of the season.

Saqlain Waul scored a consolation in the 94th minute in what was the last kick of the game.

St. George’s Assistant Coach Marcel Gayle said the light blues were able to take advantage of gaps in the JC set up.

“On both sides, when they come they come in numbers and they leave space behind the two wingbacks which I think we exploited well and we ended up converting the goals,” said Gayle, who said he was looking forward to the clash with their North Street rivals Kingston College who had earlier defeated STATHs 2-1.

“It’s a derby and we just want good football.”

Meanwhile, Jamaica College head coach Andrew Peart lamented his side’s inability to create enough clear chances to score, which he said contributed to their first semi-final defeat in six years.

“In a sense, we were not as aggressive as in previous games. We were not able to get a lot of players forward. In the second half, we tried to change that but we conceded at that time and then St. George’s set back and started to play on the counter a bit more so it was a little bit more difficult to break them down,” said Stewart.

The coach who is in his first year coaching JC after replacing Miguel Coley who won five consecutive titles said he was disappointed with the outcome but was looking forward to playing Cornwall College in the ISSA Champions Cup final where they are hopeful of a more positive outcome.

Harris was elated with his goal that proved to the match winner that sees St. George’s in with a chance to win their first title since they last won in 2012.

“It’s a great feeling. I have been working hard since 2014 and to come out here and perform like this is an excellent feeling,” he said, adding that he was looking forward to playing KC in the finals.

“This is something we have been waiting for. We have trained hard, played hard and this is a reward for us.”

 

 

 

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