Bridgeport dent StGC’s title ambitions

November 12th, 2010

Bridgeport High School's Jamiel Hardware celebrates scoring a goal past St George's custodian, Nico Campbell (on ground).

Defending champions St George’s College (StGC) were brought back down to earth after heroic 4-3 victory over Kingston College (KC) last Saturday, losing 2-1 to Bridgeport in second-round action of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Pepsi/Digicel Manning Cup urban area schoolboy football competition at Constant Spring Sports Complex yesterday.

In the opening match at the same venue, Jamaica College (JC) solidified their title credentials with a 1-0 win over KC.

The victory propelled JC, who defeated Bridgeport 2-0 in their opening game, to the top of Group Two with six points, three ahead of Bridgeport and St George’s, who are both tied on three points. KC are at the bottom of the group without a point.

The winners of the second round’s three groups, plus the best second-place team, will advance to the semi-finals.

Yesterday’s loss seriously affects St George’s College’s chances of retaining their title, as they might not even finish second in the group because they have tough JC to play in their final fixture, while Bridgeport are going up against KC, who have lost both matches.

Bridgeport, coached by Anthony Patrick, were led to victory courtesy of goals from Tyshawn Reinford (5th) and Jamiel Hardware (52nd).

St George’s, which fought back from 3-0 down to beat KC last Saturday, got their goal from Jhuvon Francis in the 70th minute.

Patrick, whose team’s last won the competition in 2006, was delighted with his side’s effort.

“I am happy that we got the three points,” said Patrick. “However, I was hoping that we would have got some more goals.”

Looking towards their upcoming match against KC, Patrick added: “We have always put ourselves in this situation over the last five years and we have still managed to dig ourselves out of it and I am confident that we can get the goals in our next match to advance to the semi-finals.”

Played hard

Neville Bell, the coach of St George’s, felt they gifted their opponents a goal.

“I am disappointed that we didn’t win, but again we gave up a goal that we shouldn’t have given up,” said Bell, who was celebrating his birthday.

He added: “Congrats to Bridgeport because they played hard. But we also played hard, it just wasn’t our day today and, hopefully, we can get it right in our next game.”

In the other match, Odane Greensword scored the lone goal for JC in the 76th minute.

Despite the win, Delroy Brown, JC’s assistant coach, was not all satisfied.

“I am not really happy with our performance, but I am happy with the result. Our plan was to get three points and that was exactly what we did.

“However, the match was a little tougher than what we expected, but we got the end result what we needed to move forward,” he added.


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