BY PAUL A REID Observer writer Monday, October 26, 2015
CATHERINE HALL, St James -- First-time qualifiers Excelsior High held their nerves to beat St James High 6-5 on sudden death penalties in their first round ISSA/Flow Super Cup game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex Saturday evening.
After the teams were tied 1-1 after regulation and extra time and 5-5 after their first five spot kicks, Excelsior's goalkeeper Romario Palmer became the hero of his team as he saved Shemar Luckane's kick.
Moments earlier, Raewin Senior had scored for Excelsior to give them the edge.
Ronaldo McLeish had given St James High the lead in the first half before the dreadlocked Thorne Buchanan drew Excelsior level midway the second half.
Excelsior's win tilted the scales in favour of the Manning Cup schools who won five of the eight games contested in the first round as defending champions Jamaica College, St George's College, Wolmer's Boys, and St Jago High all won.
St Elizabeth Technical, semi-finalists last year, Clarendon College and Glenmuir will carry the hopes of the rural area teams going into next Saturday's second round.
The quarter-final match-ups will be Glenmuir vs St Georges College and Clarendon College against Wolmer's at Sabina Park and STETHS vs St Jago and Excelsior vs Jamaica College at the National Stadium.
On Saturday, St James High, who were losing in the first round for the second straight season, had only themselves to blame for missing a number of good scoring chances before running out of steam midway the second half against a well organised Excelsior team.
The Montego Bay team, who enjoyed good crowd support, had the better of the chances in the first half, but only had McLeish's poke in from very close in the 39th minute to show at half-time. more