STATHS spoil perfect record of St George's College in Manning Cup
Anthony Nelson (centre) of St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) moves away from the St George's College pair of captain Cheva Denton (left) and Raheem Williams, who scored the equalising goal in their Group A ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup match at Winchester Park on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).
St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) spoiled the perfect record of St George's College, with a 1-1 scoreline in their top-of-the-table Group A fixture, on Match Day 11 of the 2018 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition on Tuesday.
The game was played at Winchester Park, North Street.
Akeem Brown gave STATHS a 58th minute lead, but substitute Raheem Williams cancelled for St George’s College in the 69th.
St George's College vs STATHS
The game was the final for both teams in the first stage of the preliminary round. The result kept St George’s College at the top of the group heading into the return matches, which started for the remaining teams on the day.
St George's College now moved to 13 points from five games, two ahead of STATHS, the beaten finalists of last season's competition.
Both teams failed to spark in a dour first half, which had very little goal-mouth action. The teams were also guilty of faulty coordination in attack, which resulted in an unattractive brand of football.
St George’s College started the second half in the ascendency with positive thrust that allowed them to create two good goal-scoring chances early that were both thwarted by goalkeeper Jeadine White.
First, White spread himself to create problems for Chantonoi Taylor, who had to cut back the ball from inside the six-yard box to avoid the custodian and this allowed the defenders to recover.
White also skilfully used his foot to block Emelio Rouseau’s powerful shot from the left of the penalty area.
In one of STATHS' few attacks during the early action of the half, they took the lead when Brown calmly placed the ball out of the reach of goalkeeper Omar Blake after he intercepted a ball from defender.
St George’s College, however, continued to press and they found the equaliser when Williams rose between a pair of defenders to head home.
Meanwhile, Camperdown High and Wolmer's Boys began their return matches with victories to keep their unbeaten record intact.
Camperdown High scored a 2-0 victory against hosts Norman Manley at the Alpha Institute after they had won by a similar scoreline at Maxfield Park on September 14 in the first leg.
With the victory, Camperdown High moved to 16 points from six games in Group C to lead second-place Charlie Smith High by five points.
Charlie Smith High defeated Eltham High 1-0 at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex to avenge their first round loss. Norman Manley are third in the standings on eight points, three points behind Charlie Smith High.
Wolmer’s Boys for the second time defeated Jose Marti High to hold on to their lead in Group G. This time around Wolmer's Boys won 4-0 at Heroes Circle, 17 days after they won 1-0 on the opening day of the season.
The competition continues on Thursday with four rescheduled matches.
St George’s College 1 STATHS 1
Charlie Smith 1 Eltham 0
Meadowbrook 0 Jonathan Grant 1
Camperdown 2 Norman Manley 0
Wolmer’s Boys 4 Jose Marti 0
Pembroke Hall 1 Edith Dalton 2