Petersfield dispatch Manning's to go top
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU: Petersfield High defeated Manning's School 2-1 in yesterday's rescheduled ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup football competition to go joint first with Godfrey Stewart High in Group D.
Luck continues to evade Manning's, which took the lead in the 35th minute through Rodaine Smith.
However, the Delroy Delisser-coached Petersfield responded in fine style three minutes later when standout Akeem Whyte netted the equaliser in the 38th minute of play.
Petersfield then went in front for good when Melvin McKenzie headed past Kaseem Wedderburn at his near post in the 80th minute to complete the comeback and earn three vital points.
"This was a win we needed to join Godfrey Stewart at the top of the group, and we fought all the way, which is what this Petersfield team is about," said Delisser.
"I am very pleased, because when we fell behind in the first half, we did not allow that setback to change our game plan."
Petersfield moved to seven points from three matches, the same as former champions Godfrey Stewart, while Manning's were kept winless after two outings, with only a point from their encounter with Black River High on the competition's opening day.
Delisser's team had most of the possession throughout, with Whyte proving a little too much for the Manning's players.
Donovan Brown, the Petersfield captain, nearly scored midway the first half, but his shot was blocked on its way to goal and the Manning's defence cleared the danger, in a period when they were completely overwhelmed.
A minute later, Whyte's 22-yard free kick went narrowly wide of the target as they hunted the go-ahead goal. But it was the home team which scored first, against the run of play, leaving Petersfield to mount a strong rally.
Manning's need to secure points from their remaining fixtures, including a very important fixture tomorrow away to Grange Hill High, while Petersfield travel to Black River.