With the heat taking its toll of Jamaica and most of Kingston’s greenery now transformed to organic brown, it was a glaring contrast to see the lush green pasture of Winchester Park. Heaps of credit must be given to STGC staff member Mr. Ken Ellis, who put many hours of work to get the field to this high quality.
The Invitational competition started off with St. George’s College facing St. Jago. Both teams started off cautiously and slowly. STGC started to dominate and found the back of the net with Romario Willis, last season’s U 16 standout scoring within 10 minutes of the start. We would continue to create chances but poor finishing let us down. Damani Harris was brought down in the area and we were awarded a penalty. However, the same player’s shot was weak and close to the Jago keeper who obliged by saving it.
The Light Blues seemed to lose their focus as the game went on and gave away the ball unnecessarily. Our transition from defense to attack was also weak. This allowed Jago to get back into the game. From one attack, the STGC defense failed to cut out a deep pass which was knocked back into the middle for a St. Jago midfielder to take a well-placed shot that scored.
In the second half, we were more dominant and created many chances. Again poor forward passing and finishing plagued the Georgians. Midway in the second half, Akeam Brown would put the Georgians ahead after the St. Jago defense and goalie failed to keep out a dangerous cross into the penalty areas.
In the second game, Dinthill looked very good with robust movement and clinical finishing. Frome had no answer and were beaten 5-0. Dinthill, now coached by Georgian Xavier Gilbert was one of the top DaCosta Cup teams last year. I believed they were a Ben Francis Finalist.
It wasn’t a convincing performance by the Georgians. Hopefully we can see something better today when we play Frome at 4:00 pm. In the first game Dinthill and St. Jago will face off.