St George's, Cornwall College, STETHS join JC in Champions Cup semis
St George's College secured the biggest victory margin in the quarter-finals of the 2018 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) rebranded Champions Cup by crushing St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) 5-0 on Saturday night at the Stadium East field.
Substitute Chantomoi Taylor scored a brace for the 2016 champions, while Konato Campbell (43rd minute), Damani Harris (66th minute) and Emelio Rousseau (77th minute) scored a goal each.
Taylor secured his goals in the 57th minute and 90+1 minute to complete the rout and put St George’s College into the semi-finals of the fifth edition of the competition.
St George's College vs STATHS
This was the third meeting between the teams as they were drawn in the same Digicel Manning Cup preliminary round group. The teams battled to a 1-1 scoreline on September 25 at Winchester Park and 14 days later they also played to a 1-1 draw at STATHS.
Earlier, Jamaica College (JC) defeated Holy Trinity High 2-1 in the first quarter-final match at the venue to secure their semi-final spot.
Roy Evelyn handed Holy Trinity High a 19th-minute lead, but Norman Campbell scored a brace to hand JC a come-from-behind victory.
JC, the inaugural champion of the competition in 2014 when it was named Super Cup before rebranded this season to Champions Cup, dominated the action but failed to convert many of the chances they created.
It was the second time this season that JC had eliminated Holy Trinity High from a competition at the quarter-final stage. On October 30, JC defeated Holy Trinity High 2-1 in the quarter-final round of the Digicel Manning Cup.
JC and St George’s College will be joined in the semi-finals by rural area teams St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Cornwall College, who both eliminated urban area schools at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
STETHS defeated Charlie Smith 2-1 in the first game of the doubleheader and Cornwall College blanked Camperdown High 2-0 in the night game.
The semi-finals will take place on Friday, November 16 with Cornwall College meeting St George’s College and STETHS playing JC.
The Grand Finale is scheduled for Saturday, November 24.
The Champions Cup, an all-island knockout competition, features the eight teams that won their second-round Digicel Manning Cup two-way play-off games and the eight teams that finished as winners and runners-up in their respective Wata daCosta Cup quarterfinal groups.
The winner of the competition will receive $1 million along with a redesigned trophy, runners-up $500,000; third-place $250,000 and fourth-place $100,000.
Jamaica College 2 Holy Trinity 1
St George’s College 5 STATHS 0
MONTEGO BAY SPORTS COMPLEX
STETHS 2 Charlie Smith 1
Cornwall College 2 Camperdown 0