Jamaica Gleaner / Western Bureau
Rusea’s High are in the quarter finals of the 2017 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition after they defeated Brown’s Town on penalties at Drax Hall yesterday.
The tie had ended 1-1 on aggregate with both schools getting an away victory by a 1-0 margin.
Rusea’s went into yesterday’s match with the aim of cutting the one-goal deficit in the first half and were successful. The winning goal came in the 38th minute when Daniel Reid netted goal number nine of the season to draw them level with Brown’s Town on aggregate.
They, however, found the going tough one more against a well-organised defence and could not find the clincher before full-time. Both teams played out a nail-biting but goalless extra time.
In the dreaded penalty shootout Rusea’s came out 5-4 winners.
Coach of Rusea’s, Vassell Reynolds, was delighted with the result and told The Gleaner his team stood up and showed great determination. He also applauded Brown’s Town who put up a strong fight.
“It was a determined performance considering we let down ourselves last Saturday … the Brown’s Town team took us right down to the last minutes of extra time and we had to do it on penalties,” said Reynolds.
“The aim was to cut that deficit goal from first-half and we did that. I don’t think the second half was the best even though we created enough chances to win the game within 90 minutes but such is the nature of the game. I thought we stood up and showed great determination,” he added.
Coach Reynolds now believes that Rusea’s, having played such a tough second-round matchup, will be mentally tougher for the battles ahead.
“The going will always be tough as we expect a higher level of competition the more we advance. We got good competition from the first round and this second round Brown’s Town gave us good preparation for the next round. Even though we expect a higher level of competition we are ready for it as we got some games that prepared us well for the quarterfinal round,” Reynolds said.
Also advancing to the quarter-finals yesterday were Garvey Maceo High, Central High, Spot Valley High, St James High and Little London High.