CAMPERDOWN spanked 10-man Charlie Smith 3-1 at the Anthony Spaulding Sport Complex yesterday to register consecutive wins in their 2013 ISSA/LIME Manning Cup campaign.
Following their 2-2 draw against St George's College in their opening game, Camperdown then returned to defeat Donald Quarrie 3-0.
Playing with a lot of drive, Camperdown, who from the outset looked the better team, opened the scoring, through Kevin Campbell, in the seventh minute and added a second in the 32nd, while Andre McCatty scored in the 18th minute. Odane Samuels replied for Charlie Smith in the 75th. But that was where the scoring stopped for Camperdown, as the younger Charlie Smith team began to come into their own and match the visitors in every department to go to the break with the score unchanged.
Three minutes into the second session Charlie Smith suffered another setback of a different kind, as they went down to 10 men after Lamar Stewart was expelled by referee Damion Williams for a second bookable offence. With three goals down and now playing a man short one would have thought that the Jerome Waite-coached Charlie Smith would have capitulated. No such luck. Instead the team doubled its resolve and won the second half by restricting their visitors to their first-half tally and scoring one of their own.
"When you play teams like these it is a priority that you get three points away from home. This is the group of death, and we just want to play each team on its merit. This was an important three points, but we want to improve as we go along.
"Today it was again another lesson to learn just, like against St George's. The players just shifted slightly away from the game plan and the game ended 2-2. But as we go along we will get better in terms of managing games like these to maximise our efforts."
Charlie Smith's long-standing caregiver Waite said that the team is on a three-year programme and, while he would all like to see the team win, they will have to compete to see where they are.
"Camperdown scored three goals that were caused by errors in the defence, caused by a lapse in concentration, but you still have to give the Camperdown team credit. They came here and put up a good fight. One high point we can take from the game is that Camperdown won the first half and we, the second, and scored a goal even though we were down to 10 men. This is an indication that, with time, we will be even more competitive," explained Waite.