Thompson engineers Clarendon Galaxy comeback against St James United

By April 14, 2018

It took just one minute for St James United to go into the lead in their JFF/SportsMax Elite League game against the Clarendon Galaxy, but Javain Thompson took the rest of the game and then some to orchestrate a dramatic comeback at Jarrett Park in St James.

The game would end 3-1 in favour of the Galaxy, but for long stretches it did not seem four goals were going to come from the encounter.

St James started very quickly, through Aiden Jacomba in the first minute of play, before Andre Nicholson scored a peach of a goal to bring the teams level in the 31st minute. Thompson would then add a brace to the encounter in the sixth and seventh minutes of time added on.

While Thompson had two goals toward the end, he had a hand in all three, as it was his pass to Nicholson that brought about the equaliser.

Running down the flank, Thompson danced his way past a defender and slotted across for Nicholson, who slotted into the side netting from just inside the penalty area.

Nicholson’s goal was cancelling out a well-taken goal from Jacomba, the attacker running on to a through ball controlling it and passing it into the top right-hand corner of the goal to avoid the oncoming goalkeeper.

The game would go on to see chance after chance go a begging, but the teams had trouble getting the ball under control on a dry Jarrett Park surface that gave nothing.

The hardness of the surface aside, the teams were also guilty of being afraid to lose, the safety first root accounting for many changes in possession and a sort of stop-start nature to the flow of the game.

With time running out, St James United suffered from a bit of ill fortune as the referee had no choice to but to award a penalty to the Galaxy because of an inadvertent handball, again caused by the steep bounce of the ball.

Up stepped Thompson and coolly placed his spot kick into the side netting, a feat which made the penalty unsavable.

A minute later, Thompson, who was one of the few who was not afraid to make mistakes and tried to create despite the conditions, was put through on goal after a United centre half misqued a clearance, leaving him one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Thompson made the chance count, passing the ball over the goalkeeper, who was caught in two minds because of the speed at which the events unfolded in front of him.

After the game, the United coach, Leacroft Lettman, bemoaned his team’s inability to take chances.

“The scoring is a problem. We came out in the second half and pressed the Clarendon team but unfortunately we didn’t get that goal,” said Lettman.

According to Lettman, his team should still not have lost 3-1 but that the penalty came at an unfortunate time.

“Concentration let us down in the latter part of the game but the boys have to just stay focused and go out there and put the ball in the back of the net.”

Clarendon coach, Jermaine Douglas, like his counterpart, believes his team needs to score more of its chances, saying the result could have looked even more one-sided had they latched onto earlier opportunities.

“You saw that the St James team fell apart as soon as we scored. It’s something that has been haunting us all season,” said the coach of last year’s beaten finalists.

“We have to work on converting our chances and taking some of the pressure off our backline and midfield,” he said.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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