Excelsior continue winning ways in Manning Cup

October 3rd, 2010

Excelsior's forward Juvanne Benjamin (right) gets by Papine defender Tevin McEwan

AS the unstable weather conditions continued to put a damper on most local football leagues across the island, former champions Excelsior High carried their winning streak in Group C of the Digicel/Pepsi Manning Cup to five yesterday, after scoring a 3-0 win over Papine on another rain-affected day to stay atop the group with maximum 15 points.

On a day where only two matches were contested, Brian Richard (12th and 53rd minutes) netted twice for the Leebert Halliman-coached boys, while Zhelano Barnes (61st) got the other.

The visitors dominated the game from the opening whistle, but only had Richard’s early first-half strike to show for it.

After the restart, the midfielder scored from a melee after the home team’s defence failed to clear from a corner.

Barnes sealed the win just past the hour mark when he fired into the roof of the net from 14 yards after being teed-up by Juvanne Benjamin.

The team’s topscorer Benjamin also had a number of chances to add to the tally, but he was rather wasteful in front of goal.

In the day’s other match, Kingston Technical and Innswood High played to a 0-0 draw.



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