Speechless! ... STATHS principal left without his voice after semi-final celebrations

November 24, 2017
St Andrew Technical High School's goalkeeper and captain, Jeadine White (centre), is hugged by Principal Rayon Simpson (black shirt), coach Phillip Williams (hand raised) and fellow students after his two saves and scoring from the spot helped his team to a 4-3 penalty shootout win over St George's College in their Manning Cup playoff at Constant Spring Sports Complex.

Surprise ISSA/Flow Manning Cup finalist St Andrew Technical (STATHS) celebrated Wednesday's 2-1 semi-final win over preseason favourites Kingston College (KC) with a late- night KFC feast and festivities, which left principal Rayon Simpson without his voice, this according to technical director, Michael 'Jah Mikes' Williams.

Williams hailed Simpson as a key component in his team's success this season as they move one step closer to matching the title-winning exploits of the 1987 STATHS team, with Jamaica College (JC) waiting in the wings, for next Friday's final at the National Stadium.

STATHS, which entered the game as underdogs - despite a season that underlined them as a solid and defensivley sound outfit - edged the Purples out of the competition inside the National Stadium with goals from David Smith (61) and Barrington Bailey (65), powering them to the title game. Ronaldo Robinson scored the KC goal in the 70th minute.

"The principal is an integral part of our success so far. He provides for and encourages the coaching staff and team, but does not interfere with team selection," said Williams in reference to Simpson, who is now resting his voice on his doctor's orders.

"He was highly upbeat after the game. He shouted a lot during and after the win against KC," Williams told STAR Sports as he relived the post-match experience." He left the school like after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, as we went there and had KFC."

"During the preliminary stage, the principal was like the band leader, always playing the drum during games with the cheerleaders doing their stuff. Since then, the principal has been on the bench giving encouragement," the technical director shared.

JC edged Holy Trinity 3-2 in extra time in the other semi-final to secure their fifth straight appearance in the final of the ISSA/Flow Manning Cup competition.

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