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Flemmings' Double Extends JC Lead
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
National Under-17 football team captain Junior Flemmings scored twice to lead Jamaica College (JC) to a 3-0 victory over Camperdown High in their top-of-the-table Group B Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Gatorade/Digicel Manning Cup football clash at JC's Old Hope Road grounds yesterday.
Flemmings, one of the youngest members of the national Under-17 squad that qualified for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup last year and is expected to play a lead role in this year's campaign, opened the scoring in the 34th minute from the penalty spot.
He returned to grab his second in the 54th via a volley from inside the area, which pushed his season tally to six and put his team in a comfortable position.
Substitute Rushane Marrett made the game safe in injury time with a goal-mouth tap-in.
Unbeaten record intact
JC kept their unbeaten record intact while solidifying their position at the top of the group with maximum 15 points.
Camperdown, who began the day in the second position, remained steadfast on 10.
The group's other match-up between Waterford and Mona in Portmore was called off because of a waterlogged field.
"It might be considered a one-sided affair, but it was not," said Jamaica College's assistant coach, Alfred Henry.
"The goal was to get three points and not concede any goal, and both were achieved."
Both teams started the game positively and had fair chances to take the lead, but it was not until Flemmings' penalty that things began to turn in the home team's favour.
He was first brought down by defender Akeem Dawson, who could not keep up with his quick feet, and with the team's fans cheering him on he wrong-footed goalkeeper Reinford Howell from the spot.
Clarke on the ball
Spurred on by the deficit, Camperdown then launched a comeback, and in the 42nd minute they were awarded a penalty for a foul.
However, thanks to the brilliance of former national Under-17 goalkeeper Odean Clarke, who was transferred from Muschette High to JC's sixth form at the start of the season, Ackeem Dunkley's spot kick was saved.
Goal-mouth action switched in the second half where the aware Flemmings continued to be a threat. It came as no surprise when he fired in a low volley from close range to score, after losing his footing.
This broke the spirit of Camperdown, and the game was then made safe by Marrett, who after being on the field for five minutes, found himself with a loose ball atop the six-yard box and fired home.
"The difference today between our team and their team was Flemmings," said Camperdown's coach Christopher Bender.
"We started well, created the first chance, and should have taken the lead. But it is one of those things. When you get a chance, you have to make use of it."