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Excelsior hold Charlie

Published:Sunday | September 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Charlie Smith High's Kimani Arbourne is pulled off the ball by Excelsior High's Romario Brown during their ISSA/LIME Manning Cup match at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.-Jermaine Barnaby/photographer

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

Charlie Smith High and Excelsior High played to a thrilling 1-1 draw in Group B of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town yesterday.

Excelsior surprised the partisan crowd when Tereek Anderson powered home a free kick past Charlie Smith goalkeeper and captain Leon Taylor in the 12th minute.

With the early advantage, Excelsior dropped back in defence and the home team threw everything at them. Charlie equalised courtesy of a well-taken strike by the diminutive Chevon Crooks in the 67th minute but failed to get the go-ahead goal.

In fact, Charlie Smith wasted numerous opportunities as they piled the pressure on an Excelsior team whose only focus was on defending. With the home team dominating possession, Crooks could have scored at least a hat-trick but let his team down with faulty shooting.

Excelsior owed a lot to goalkeeper Romario Palmer who made a number of brilliant saves which kept his team in the game.

With yesterday's point Charlie Smith maintained their lead in the group. They are on 14 points from six games, three ahead of Excelsior in the battle for group honours.

Charlie Smith's coach, Jerome Waite, said his players dominated the game but were wasteful in front of goal.

"We dominated and should have won easily," Waite told the Sunday Gleaner.

"Excelsior scored a well-taken free kick. However, we fought back and getting a point is not a bad result as we are still in the lead by three points and have two games remaining against teams that are out of contention," the coach of the two-time Manning Cup champions said.

Meanwhile, Lebert Halliman, Excelsior's veteran coach, was disappointed that his team did not pocket all three points after taking an early lead.

"We pushed early and got a goal as planned but the players were indisciplined. Our goalkeeper came up big and really kept us in the game," Halliman said.

"We wanted to win the game in order to maintain a chance of topping the group. Now, we will fight for the second spot," he added.

Yesterday's results

Group B

Vauxhall 5 Mona 0

Charlie Smith 1 Excelsior 1

Group C

Denham Town 1 Tivoli 1

St Mary's College 1 Ardenne 0

Edith Dalton James 2 Innswood 1

Group F

Calabar 1 St Jago 2

St Catherine 6 Penwood 0

Hydel 7 Eltham 1

Yesterday's results

Group B

Vauxhall 5 Mona 0

Charlie Smith 1 Excelsior 1

Group C

Denham Town 1 Tivoli 1

St Mary's College 1 Ardenne 0

Edith Dalton James 2 Innswood 1

Group F

Calabar 1 St Jago 2

St Catherine 6 Penwood 0

Hydel 7 Eltham 1