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Manchioneal lift Portland Major League mid-season crown

Saturday, February 03, 2018

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Defending champions Manchioneal clipped leaders St George's 1-0 at Jones Park on Sunday, to take the Portland/Western Union Major League mid-season final.

The lone goal was scored by Manchioneal's Odaine Bryan in the 28th minute.

Lamond Henry, the Manchioneal coach, said the win was a major boost, having lost 0-2 to St George's in a previous encounter earlier this season.

“I give thanks to the Almighty as we came into this game with a lot of injuries and I lift my hats off to this team, as they have delivered. We lost to them in the first game and the team was determined to win, and we did that today and looking forward to the rest of the season. Last season we won three trophies and we are looking to the same again,” he said.

St George's coach Marlon Russell was gracious in defeat.

“I commend Manchioneal as they played well, and we put up a great fight. They got a first-half goal and we got some chances and did not use them. The odds were against us today and we still have a long way to go at the right time for the bigger prize. We lost today but we are still on top and I can guarantee that there will be some changes in the future in St George's,” Russell said.

In an evenly contested game, both teams launched a number of attacks. The Georgian attack was led by Javoy Belvanis, Lamar Evans, Damar Easington and Kemar Miller, but Manchioneal custodian Rojay Whyte was equal to the task. The Manchioneal team countered through Jazeel Cuthbert, and Bryan and Ricardo Lindsay. Their shots were easily handled by custodian Alex Stewart.

Manchioneal took the lead when Bryan picked up the ball outside the penalty area, saw Stewart off his line, and fired a grounder to the right of the goalkeeper and into the goal.

St George's tried to get back into the game but found their opponents' defence hard, and the half ended with Manchioneal holding the advantage.

St George's maintained their attacking intent in the second half but still couldn't find a way through. Victory handed Manchioneal the mid-season title and their first win over St George's this season.

— Everard Owen

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