STATHS, JC to renew rivalry in Walker Cup final
Jamaica College (JC) coach Davion Ferguson is already eyeing opponents St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), whom they will face in the final of the Walker Cup schoolboy football knockout competition, following a 3-0 semi-final victory over Excelsior Thursday at the Stadium East.
"STATHS are worthy opponents. We've had our battles over the years, and I know this one will also be another battle. In the first half, we were a bit lucky as we weren't at the standard we wanted to be, but in the second half, we came out and dominated the game," Ferguson stated.
JC, three-time champions, were led by a brace from Jayd Johnson, who registered goals in the 27th and 57th minutes, while Jamoy Dennis took his chance in the 51st minute.
Excelsior coach Keon Broderick was delighted with their journey after a late start to their training camp.
"We had our ups and downs, but salvaged a little in the Walker Cup. I'm somewhat disappointed in how we executed the game, especially in the second half.
"All in all, I can't discredit the players in how they worked hard as credit must be given to them based on the time we started training," Broderick shared.
STATHS also booked their spot in the final, taking down Wolmer's Boys' School 3-0 in the day's opening game.
The goals were scored by Nickoy Gayle in the 10th minute, Richard Livingston in the 19th, and Ajetai Marshall in the 79th. The win kept them in the hunt of their first Walker Cup title to add to their 1987 Manning Cup crown, which is still their only major trophy.
Phillip Williams, head coach of STATHS, was pleased with their performance.
"The boys came out and gave a good account of themselves. Wolmer's asked some questions of us, but we answered those questions. We're embracing it as it's a chance to bring a title to STATHS, and it's also a chance to exhibit the brand of football that we play, and those are the platforms that we want to be on," he stated.
Wolmer's coach, Jerome Waite, will be using the off-season to get his troops better for next year.
"We will have to refocus on the new generation at hand. We have quality youngsters, and it will take time for their development," Waite explained.