Excelsior, Clarendon College advance to Champions Cup quarterfinals
Clarendon College's Omar Reid reacts with a somersault after scoring the second goal of the game during their Round of 16 match against Wolmer's Boys in the 2019 ISSA all-island Champions Cup on Friday, November 1 at the National Stadium. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid),
Excelsior High scored a 4-3 sudden-death penalty kick victory over Dinthill Technical, while Clarendon College beat Wolmer's Boys 2-0 on the opening day of the 2019 ISSA all-island Champions Cup knockout competition at the National Stadium in Kingston on Friday.
In the curtain-raiser, the Round of 16 match between Excelsior High and Dinthill Technical headed to penalties after finishing as a scoreless draw in regular time.
Both teams created good chances to win the game in regular time especially Excelsior High, which were denied twice by goalkeeper Demero Hill on the stroke of halftime.
After doing well to beat a Dinthill defender in the box, Jhevan Smith had his powerful shot pushed onto the bar by Hill and bounced to the feet of Jaheim Flemmings and the follow-up shot was tipped over the bar. Seconds before those two chances created by Excelsior, Dinthill had a glorious chance to take the lead, but Carlington Facey just missed the target from the edge of the six-yard box after a cross was put inside.
In a tense shootout, Alex Alexander scored the all-important penalty to put Excelsior into the quarterfinal of the competition, two days after they suffered a big 4-0 defeat against St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in the quarterfinals round of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup.
Alex Alexander of Excelsior High clashes with Dinthill Technical's goalkeeper Demero Hill.
Zachary Palmer had the chance to win the game for Dinthill Technical with the fifth and final penalty kick but booted the ball wide to send the game into sudden death at 3-3.
Four penalty kicks were missed during that period. Karim Bryan also missed for Dinthill Technical, which had scored their first two kicks to secure the early advantage.
For Excelsior, Rojaughn Joseph booted the first penalty over the bar and Hill saved the third penalty taken by Flemmings.
In sudden death, Ty Wedderburn missed for Dinthill Technical to hand the advantage to Excelsior for the first time and Alexander made no mistake.
Kitwana Smart, Shavon Thompson, and Rushan Parkinson scored from the penalty spot for Dinthill Technical, while Aseany Richards, Tariq Duffus, and Smith also scored for Excelsior.
In the second encounter, Clarendon College got their two goals during the first nine minutes of the game to eliminate Wolmer’s Boys who failed to create any good scoring opportunities.
Sheldon Smart (3rd minute) and Omar Reid (9th minute) secured the goals, which put Clarendon College into the quarterfinals.
The Champions Cup comprises the eight teams that finished as winners and runner-ups in their respective rural area Wata daCosta Cup quarter-final groups along with the eight quarterfinalists from the urban area Digicel Manning Cup competition.
The remaining Round of 16 matches are scheduled for Saturday.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (CATHERINE HALL COMPLEX)
St Andrew Technical vs Manning’s School at 4:00 pm
Charlie Smith High vs Cornwall College at 6:30 pm
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (ST ELIZABETH TECHNICAL)
Camperdown High vs Frome Technical at 2:00 pm
St. George’s College vs B. B. Coke High at 4:00 pm
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (STADIUM EAST)
McGrath High vs Jamaica College at 4:00 pm
Garvey Maceo High vs Kingston College at 6:30 pm
Champions Cup showdown at the National Stadium