STGC stroll past Vauxhall in Group D Manning Cup action

Monday, September 25, 2017

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Former champions St Georges College, led by a brace from Nathaniel Campbell, strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over visitors Vauxhall High on Friday to make it four wins from four games in the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup.

Substitute Leacroft Lettman scored the other goal at Winchester Park.

The “Light Blues” controlled the pace and flow of the game from virtually the opening whistle, playing the ball around in their own inimitable style, but wasted a few opportunities to take the lead as Vauxhall did their best to stifle their attacking play.

The Keon Broderick-coached Vauxhall seemed to have just about achieved their primary objective of the first half until they conceded a silly free kick on the edge of the area and were punished by Campbell. With the free kick given just to the right of centre of the goal, the striker exquisitely curled the ball into the top right-hand corner in the 38th minute, rendering the limping Kachieve Wright motionless in the Vauxhall goal.

Vauxhall should have been level with the very last kick of the first, half but Akeem Mullings was left holding his head for minutes after the half-time whistle wondering how he failed to score. A beautiful move down the right side saw Javayh Weise play in Winston Brown down the channel and the striker centred the ball to Mullings, who failed to control properly while unmarked in the box. He then rushed his effort, kicking wide of an empty goal as he spared the blushes of the home team.

The visitors came out on the front foot dominating possession early in the second half, but failed to trouble the STGC backline, led by the experienced Arseno Hamilton.

Having been forced into a goalkeeper change at half-time due to injury to their senior custodian Wright, Vauxhall were to suffer from the inexperience of Malique Powell in the 58th minute. Clearly nervous, Powell attempted to clear the ball down the middle of the park and Campbell controlled and fired into an empty net as both Powell and his defenders desperately tried to get back.

The second goal took the sails out of a tiring Vauxhall team who were left chasing the ball for most of the rest of the game.

After seeing his teammates miss a couple of gilt-edged chances, Lettman got his name on the scoresheet in the 86th minute when he fired home a one-time shot into the roof of the net from just inside the box.

STGC Coach Neville Bell thinks his team still has a way to go despite their comfortable win.

“I have always said that we have about ten games to get it right. I don't think we have got it right just yet, so we have six more games to get it right before we get to the second round, and hopefully we can,” Bell said

There were no excuses from Broderick who praised the effort of his troops despite the result.

“We did some work in the physio room coming in the game with the goalkeeper. We thought that he could hold up for the entire 90 minutes but that didn't work out. The goals came as a result of some poor technical work,” Broderick said

St Georges maintain their stranglehold on the group with maximum twelve points, while Kingston Technical, who carved out their third 1-0 win of the season over St Catherine High, have now move up to second in the group on nine points.

Denham Town got the first win and first goals of the season when they beat Tarrant 2-0 in the third game of the group.

— Dwayne Richards

 

Today's games

Group C

St Mary's College vs Cumberland

Waterford vs Camperdown

Meadowbrook vs Hydel

 

Group D

Kingston Technical vs Tarrant

Denham Town vs St George's

Vauxhall vs St Catherine

 

Group F

Holy Trinity vs José Martí

Clan Carthy vs Ascot

St Jago vs Edith Dalton James

 

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