St George’s edge closer

October 8th, 2011

St George's College's Oshane Boothe (left) jostles with Meadowbrook High's Janoi Doyley for the ball, during their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Gatorade/Digicel Manning Cup Group E encounter yesterday at the Michigan Avenue playing field. St George's won 3-0. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

St George’s College’s Kendon Anderson scored one of the quickest goals in the world by a substitute, as he netted within 10 seconds after gracing the Michigan Avenue playing surface yesterday in his school’s 3-0 win over Meadowbrook High, in their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Gatorade/Digicel Manning Cup Group E football encounter.

Anderson’s goal, which was his team’s second of the game, came in the 66th minute after he replaced Oshane Jenkins. Anderson arrived in the box just in time for the delivery of a right-sided corner kick by Ryan Miller, which he headed past Meadowbrook’s custodian Lyllel Smikle.

The 19-time champions’ other two goals came by way of Cordel Benbow in the sixth and 79th minutes.

The victory has all but secured the ‘Light Blues’ progression to the second round of the Corporate Area’s premier schoolboy football competition, as they sit atop the group with 19 points from seven games.

Spanish Town blanked Edith Dalton James 4-0 to lie second, by virtue of goal difference, with 14 points. Innswood clipped Tarrant 1-0 to also move to 14 points. Tarrant remain on 10 points, Meadowbrook 8 and Edith Dalton James have yet to secure a point.

Anderson, one of three players chosen last year to travel to Antigua from the Digicel Caribbean Cup clinic held locally, was naturally pleased with his contribution to his team’s success.

“It is a wonderful feeling going on to the field and scoring a goal, as we were up 1-0 but struggling to get a second goal,” Anderson expressed.

Yesterday’s goal was Anderson’s seventh of the season in as many games, equalling the number he got in all of last season.

“My aim for this season is to score 25 goals and to win the triple,” Anderson disclosed. “We have a great team with five national (under-17) players and they are doing a great job for the team and we are grateful for that.”

Anderson is disappointed that he was overlooked for the national under-17 team, which participated in the World Cup earlier this year, a sentiment that is shared by his coach, Neville Bell.

“The only game we lost in the second round last year was the game that Kendon (Anderson) wasn’t here for,” Bell pointed out. “I think he is a wonderful player and I was a little disappointed that he wasn’t a part of the national under-17 squad, because I thought he had and still has that quality.”

The defeat was Meadowbrook’s first at home this season, which disappointed coach Neo Oxford. However, he hopes to close out the season on a high.

“We have two more games to go and we plan to win them, as we are going to close out the season on a high,” Oxford stated.

Yesterday’s Results

Group A

Greater Portmore 1 St Catherine 2

Holy Trinity 0 Excelsior 6

Group C

Charlie Smith 9 Haile Selassie 0

Ascot 0 Vauxhall 0

Wolmer’s Boys 3 Dunoon 1

Group E

Meadowbrook 0 St George’s 3

Tarrant 0 Innswood 1

Edith Dalton 0 Spanish Town 4

Today’s games

Group B

Waterford vs Papine

Campion vs Denham Town

Hydel vs Tivoli

Group D

Cumberland vs Kingston Tech

St Jago vs Jamaica College

Pembroke Hall vs Camperdown

Group F

Ardenne vs Donald Quarrie

Kingston College vs Norman Manley

Group G

Bridgeport vs St Mary’s College

STATHS vs Oberlin


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