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Published:Tuesday | September 16, 2014 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Gladstone Taylor/Photographer Jamaica College's captain, Junior Flemming (left), maintains control of the ball while being tackled by Hayward Hayden of Norman Manley High, whose team-mate Shemar Reid acts as cover, during the ISSA/LIME Manning Cup football match at Jamaica College yesterday. JC won 3-0.

Camperdown High registered their third consecutive victory in this year's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition at the Alpha Boys' Home yesterday.

The Christopher Bender-coached team, which last won the title in 1982, recorded a come-from-behind 2-1 win over previously unbeaten Haile Selassie High.

Ajama Johnson (52nd) and Akino Sadler (77th) were the goalscorers for Camperdown. Jurian Lewis netted for Haile Selassie in the ninth minute.

The victory moved Camper-down to the top of the standings on nine points from three matches. Haile Selassie are second in the group on nine points from four games. They are followed by Bridgeport (six), Greater Portmore (four), Papine (three), and Dunoon on zero.

 

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Bender said he was very delighted with his team's effort because they outplayed their opponents in all departments.

"We were dominant right from minute one to minute 90," said Bender. "But we gave up a soft goal through a goalkeeper error.

"But it showed the character and the resilience of the team, because we weren't worried when we were behind, and so it was a good test for us,? he said.

Bender added: "It is three important points for us, because they were the leaders coming in, and we knew that it was going to be tough, but we were the better team in terms of creating chances on the day."

Haile Selassie's coach, Michael 'Jah Mikes' Williams, was gracious in defeat.

"We came upon a well-oiled machine in Camperdown because they look good, and so I must congratulate them on their victory," said Williams.

"We tried our best to shut them down, but, eventually, they prevailed over us," he said.

Haile Selassie started the match confidently, as they took the lead when Lewis pounced on a loose ball inside the penalty area and fired home a powerful shot from close range past goalkeeper Odario Phillips.

Despite dominating the rest of the first half, Camperdown failed to break down a very organised Haile Selassie defensive unit, who were also rescued by excellent goalkeeping from Chedaun Bennett.