WESTERN BUREAU:St James High defeated Irwin High 4-1 at Jarrett Park yesterday to join Cornwall College on three points in Group A of the 2015 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition, setting up a tantalising clash this Saturday between the teams.The two are highly fancied to advance from the group that also features Green Pond High.Irwin offered little by way of attacking thrust and fell behind in the 20th minute via a tap-in from Akeem Campbell at the far post for a 1-0 lead.Coached by Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, St James – champions in 2008 – started brightly and should have doubled the lead two minutes later, but Oshane Powell missed the target with Irwin’s second-string goalkeeper out of position.With Cornwall College setting the standard early in this group, it was up to St James to stamp their class on this Irwin side, and they upped the tempo to double the lead in the 44th minute through Powell’s strike.They went up 3-0 at the 65th minute when substitute Roderick ‘Chicken’ Haughton scrambled the ball over the goal line.St James’ fourth was a beauty. Ronaldo McLeish danced his way past a defender then struck a low shot past the keeper at the near post in the 72nd minute.As in their match against Cornwall on Saturday, Irwin grabbed a consolation goal, when Sachin Wilmot scored from just inside the area.no clean execution”It is good to have started with a win, which puts us in a share of the lead in the group,” Whitmore said.”It wasn’t a clean execution from my players, but it’s our first game, and now we must shift focus to Saturday’s clash with Cornwall College. We will be preparing for that match with a purpose,” Whitmore added.In the lone Group I game yesterday, Daniel Green and Alain Black netted to give Marcus Garvey Technical a 2-0 win over Browns Town – their second victory in a row. They now lead the group on six points, following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Ocho Rios. Marcus Garvey next tackle York Castle on Saturday.
“The game was very okay and I was really happy with my performance. For us it was more of a learning curve. We have seen the difference between us and the rest of the world and when we go home, these are some of the lessons we take with us,” Wendo told Capital Sport.The combative midfielder added; “The biggest lesson we have picked is that we need to minimize on the mistakes we make each game. We saw it that one mistake, you are punished and it is a goal.”His sentiments were shared by left-back Shafik Batambuze who also put in a good shift on his debut for K’Ogalo having signed from Tanzania’s Singida United.Gor Mahia left back Shafik Batambuze tracks down Everton’s Turkish striker Cenk Tosun during their SportPesa Trophy friendly match at Goodison Park on November 6, 2018.“To be honest they were better than us. We tried our best and that was their day. We have picked lessons going back home and the experience will also give us a lot of confidence moving forward,” The Ugandan said.Looking back at the game, the two conceded that Everton were at a better level than them with Wendo pointing out at the beginning, they took too long to settle their nerves down and adjust to the pitch as well as the evening breeze.Most players though did not have the right kind of boots for the soft Everton grass and ended up losing their stability time and again and Wendo says this was a mistake on their end.“The game was tough and at the beginning, pressure was there but we came together as a team and talked about it, told each other to relax and play like the coach wanted. We had some good moments as well,” Wendo said.Shafik added; “They were better than us because if you look at them, they are in the middle of the season and their fitness is sharp. We tried our best noting that the league just ended. For me, I have stayed for three months without playing but I was training on my own. We have learnt and next time, we will come back a better side.”The two hope they get back home a better side and look on winning all available trophies as well as perform above expectation in the CAF Competitions.The team jets back to Nairobi on Friday evening and will head for a very short break before shifting attention to the start of the new season on December 8.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from London-0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia midfielder Ernest Wendo goes toe to toe with Everton’s Tom Davies during their SportPesa Trophy friendly match at Goodison Park on November 6, 2018.LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Nov 8 – Gor Mahia midfielder Ernest Wendo says he was thrilled by his performance against Everton at Goodison Park in the SportPesa Trophy friendly, underscoring that it has motivated him to do even more when he goes back home.Wendo was one of the few stand-out performers on a night Gor suffered a 4-0 defeat,but says as a team they choose to concentrate on the positives and lessons picked from the tie.