MONTEGO BAY, St James — Goals from substitutes Lexon Samuels (68th) and Tavon Barnes (85th) carried defending daCosta Cup champions Ruseas High a 2-0 winning start over Herbert Morrison Technical as the ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel Schoolboy season kicked off at the Catherine Hall Complex yesterday.
Ruseas coach Anthony 'Follis' Williams attributed the win to strategic moves by the coaching team.
" I thought the two substitutions would have given us the three points," Williams argued. "We would have expected to get the three points, but in terms of the play, I think we were a little lethargic. I guess we started slowly."
Williams had high praises for his captain Richard Trench who saved a penalty in the 16th minute.
Herbert Morrison's coach Dane Randall was disappointed with his team's losing start, blaming his charges for losing focus.
"Not the results I would have expected. We lost our composure and allowed Ruseas to take over the game. Most of these players I have are under 16. We have to go back to the drawing board," Randall said.
Herbert Morrison missed a golden opportunity to go ahead when they were awarded a penalty after Anthony Jarrett was fouled by sweeper Tereto Gregory.
Herbert Morrison held their own for most of the game but came under immense pressure, especially in the second half, when the Hanover-based Rusea's launched a series of attacks in search of the lead.
The Montego Bay-based 'Herbert' eventually wilted when Samuels blasted a well-timed shot past Alton Nedrick, sending the vuvuzela-blowing "Russian" supporters into wild celebrations.
The Hanover team had more to celebrate 17 minutes later when Anthony Williams sped past a group of defenders and sprayed a cross to Barnes, who easily slotted home.