Norman Manley take charge of Group D

October 8th, 2010

Meadowbrook's Mario Hibbert (left) attempts to shield the ball from Norman Manley's Oshane Roberts during their Group D ISSA/Pepsi/ Digicel Manning Cup football match at Michigan Avenue yesterday. Norman Manley won 3-0. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Norman Manley assumed leadership of the keenly contested Group D of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Pepsi/ Digicel Manning Cup urban area senior schoolboy football competition after earning a comfortable 3-0 win over Meadowbrook yesterday at Michigan Avenue.

Dean Phillips (37th), Lamar Thompson (63rd) and Jamel Hamilton (73rd) netted for Norman Manley to move them to 19 points. Norman Manley’s fifth victory has lifted them above previous group leaders Penwood (18 points). Penwood’s game against third-place St Andrew Technical (16 points) was not played due to a waterlogged field.

Pembroke Hall remain at the foot of the group but gained their first point after playing to a 1-1 draw with fifth-place Holy Trinity (four), while Mona (three) are in sixth.

Shifting tide

Meadowbrook gave a good account of themselves in the opening phase of the first half as Norman Manley got off to a slow start. The tide, however, shifted in the 37th minute when Phillips opened the scoring with a 25-yard free kick.

Marvin Thompson, coach of Meadowbrook, blamed the goal for a dip in his players’ con-fidence level.

“We played well in the first 40 minutes but then we gave up a soft goal, which has been plaguing us all season,” said Thompson. “We have been playing well and giving up soft goals and then the team’s confidence just goes down,” he added.

Thompson’s team found themselves two goals down in the 63rd minute when Norman Manley’s Thompson played a lovely give-and-go with Phillips before hammering a shot past Meadowbrook’s custodian Llylel Smikle at his near post.

Meadowbrook were reduced to 10 players in the 72nd minute when Mario Hibbert was ejected after he handled a goal-bound header by Aldane Lewis. Hamilton stepped up and easily dispatched the resulting penalty.

Norman Manley’s coach, Miquel Coley, was satisfied with his team’s display.

“I am quite pleased with the performance of the guys although we started out a bit flat but within the first 20 minutes we picked up the game.”

Coley is now determined to maintain the lead in the group and is already looking forward to the matchup against previous leaders Penwood.

“We will be looking to keep this lead,” said Coley. “We don’t want to take the lead and give it up back to Penwood, so in that game we will be going all out for the full three points,” he added.

Yesterday’s results

Group B: Bridgeport 4, Jose Marti 3; Dunoon 1, Vauxhall 1.

Group D: Meadowbrook 0, Norman Manley 3; Pembroke Hall 1, Holy Trinity 1.

Group F: Eltham 4, Tarrant 0; Jonathan Grant 1, Hydel 2.

Today’s games

Group A: Oberlin vs Waterford, St Mary’s College vs Camperdown

Group C: St Andrew College vs Innswood, Charlie Smith vs Excelsior, Papine vs Calabar

Group E: St Jago vs Wolmer’s Boys, St George’s vs Donald Quarrie, Spanish Town vs Ardenne


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