WESTERN BUREAU:Rural kingpins St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) stormed back from the brink of elimination to edge Holy Trinity High 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller in the FLOW Super Cup round of 16 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday.STETHS’ leading marksman, Jovoney Brown, struck a brace in the 12th and 85th minutes, respectively, as the Santa Cruz-based school rallied to score two goals late into the action to erase Holy Trinity’s 3-2 lead.Holy Trinity took the lead on three occasions, but were pegged back each time by STETHS. The Kingston-based Holy Trinity took the lead with a Rajhae Welsh goal in the eighth minute.Brown found the equaliser when he rose above the Holy Trinity defenders to flick a header into the far corner. Shortly after, Holy Trinity were again in front when Shemar Farmar scored.Again, STETHS showed character and poise to level things through Demar James, who lobbed Holy Trinity goalkeeper Antonio Millington.With the teams going into the breakeven, STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn said he only told his players to relax, enjoy the game and remain focused.On the 68th minute, Dante Green, Holy Trinity’s second-half substitute, scored the easiest goal of the evening to put his team in the lead again after a goalkeeping error.SUPERIOR STRENGTHThereafter, it was practically all STETHS. They used superior strength and their usual courage to orchestrate a fightback that resulted in goals from Rojay Robinson in the 83rd and Brown in the 85th minutes, respectively, to log the win, which resulted in them sweeping into the quarter-finals.”We never doubted the outcome. Even when we are trailing, I know we have the ability to win games like these,” said Wedderburn.”This is a match that typifies how tough mentally this STETHS team really is, and the guys did everything we asked of them in securing this victory,” he said.Everton Russell, the assistant coach at Holy Trinity, said the loss was a severe blow to his team, especially after holding the lead three times.”The boys are distraught. I think we did enough, but they had some more as you see in the result, but it was a good game. both teams counter-punched with skill, but in the end, there could only be one winner,” conceded Russell.
Athens Olympics sprint relay gold medallist Aileen Bailey has described 2016 RJR Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year nominee Elaine Thompson as an amazing young lady.Bailey believes that Thompson will do well in the future and that she could be the spearhead of Jamaican sprinting when six-time Olympic winner Usain Bolt retires.An Olympic 100 and 200 metres finalist herself in 2004, Bailey has high praise for Thompson and her achievements in 2016. During an interview earlier this week, Bailey said: “She’s been doing well and representing us well and I just wish the best for her.”Thompson sprinted to an undefeated season in the 100m, equalling Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce’s national record of 10.70 seconds in the process and taking gold at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Though she lost a couple of races over 200 metres, she led the world with her Olympic gold medal-winning time of 21.78 seconds. Thompson’s super Olympic campaign has earned her a nomination for the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year award.She has already been voted the 2016 International Female Athlete of the Year by readers of the British journal, ATHLETICS WEEKLY.”Based on her build, she reminds me of Usain,” Bailey continued to assess, “how they cover ground and everything like that”. The 2004 and 2008 Olympian is certain that good things lie ahead for the 24-year-old Thompson.”She’s being guided by Mr Francis, so she’ll definitely do well,” Bailey said in a reference to MVP coach Stephen Francis.”I feel that this year, all our national records in the sprints are going to be gone,” she predicted, “because she’s an amazing young lady.” Jamaica’s national 200-metre record stands at 21.64 seconds. That’s just 0.02 quicker than Thompson’s personal best of 21.66 seconds.The existing mark was set by Merlene Ottey in 1991.In addition to that, Bailey thinks Thompson could be Jamaica’s big star of the post-Bolt era. “It could be,” she envisaged, “Bolt is going out, so she could be the replacement that we need.”Thompson was among the nominees for the 2015 Sportswoman of the Year award won by Fraser-Pryce. Swimmer Alia Atkinson and 400 metres runner Shericka Jackson, cricketer Stafanie Taylor and Fraser-Pryce complete the list of nominees for the award this time around.