Jamaica College (JC), Bridgeport to clash in final of the (ISSA)/Pepsi/Digicel Walker Cup

November 4th, 2010

Bridgeport High's Macgyver Schliffer (left) jostle for possession of the ball with Eltham High's Shamari Shaw

Defending champions Jamaica College (JC) and 2001 winners Bridgeport High progressed to the finals of the premier urban area schoolboy knock-out football competition, the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Pepsi/Digicel Walker Cup, after registering identical 1-0 wins over Norman Manley and Eltham respectively in their semi-final encounters yesterday at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.


 JC’s victory came by way of an own goal scored by Norman Manley’s captain, Ramone McGregor in the 11th minute while Bridgeport’s vice-captain, Tyshawn Reinford’s 62nd minute strike from the penalty spot was enough to take them past Eltham.

In the opening game of the double-header JC got off to a flying start pinning Norman Manley in their own half. The early pressure paid dividends in the 11th minute when a corner swung in by captain, Ashani Walker, saw McGregor’s attempted headed clearance nestle into the back of his own goal.

Glorious opportunity

Norman Manly got a glorious opportunity to force the game into extra time with the final attack of the game when Dean Phillips found a totally unmarked Neko Reynolds on the edge of the six-yards box, but he headed straight at the JC custodian, Gary Whynter.

JC’s coach, Alfred Henry believed it was not one of his team’s best displays, but was delighted with the win.

“It wasn’t one of our better performances but at least we did what we needed to do to get the victory and into the finals,” Henry stated.

Miguel Cooley, coach of Norman Manley conceded that JC was the better team.

“JC was quicker on the ball, they moved the ball around more and we didn’t have any pattern today,” said Cooley.

The match-up between the two St Catherine-based schools saw Bridgeport creating the best goal-scoring opportunities of the first half, two of which fell to Kemar Phillpott within the space of four minutes, but he made a hash of both.

Bridgeport coach, Anthony Patrick was pleased with the first half performance of his team but rued the misses.

“We played a brilliant first half and got two glorious chance to go ahead but we muffed them,” Patrick expressed. “In the second half Eltham got an early penalty but our reserve keeper made a brilliant save and I must say kudos to him,” he added.

The penalty Patrick referred to was awarded in the 47th minute following a foul by Eltham’s goalkeeper, Geovanni Foote on Eltham’s Jason Wallace. Foote however redeemed himself by pulling off a smart save to thwart Eltham’s captain Shawn Elliston.

Eltham would be made to regret this missed opportunity as a 62nd minute foul by Eltham’s Ramiz Gordon on Bridgeport’s Damrnee Williams saw a penalty being awarded against them. Reinford stepped up and expertly dispatched the spot kick.

Gregory Allen, Eltham’s coach was very disappointed with the way his team lost.

“Things like those just live to haunt you as a coach, we got our penalty and we didn’t make use of it and they got theirs and they scored.”


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