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St George's books semi-final berth with 2-0 win over Hydel

By November 15, 2019

A goal from Player of the Match Chantimoi Taylor and an own goal propelled St.George’s College to a 2-0 win over defending champions Hydel High in the quarter-finals of the Walker Cup at Stadium East in Kingston on Friday.

St. George’s have now advanced to the semi-finals of the competition that they have won nine times since the competition was introduced in 1961.

In a largely lacklustre affair, both teams lacked creativity and a cutting edge in the first 45 minutes. Hydel came the closest to breaking the deadlock when …Hart beat goalkeeper Smikle only to see the ball rebound to safety from the far post.

The second half was more entertaining with the Bertis-Bell-coached St George’s looking the more dynamic of the two sides. The link-up play between Jevaun Shepherd, Taylor, Shemar Boothe and captain Nathaniel Campbell, as well as Ackiel Gardener, began to stretch the Hydel defence, creating spaces in which to play.

It was from one of those moves in the 53rd minute that they opened the scoring with Jaheim Brown getting past goalkeeper Shaquon Francis before squaring to Taylor for a tap in.

The second came in the 78th when Taylor’s pass intended for Shepherd inside the box was deflected past goalkeeper Francis by Hydel defender Jesean Gordon.

Gordon’s day would get worse as he was issued a straight red card for a foul committed virtually at full time.

Winning coach Marcel Gayle said he was grateful for the win. “We had a tough week, credit and kudos to the guys. They stuck it out and came back with a win. We have a trophy to play for so we are going to go out and fight to the end,” he said.

 

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