Calabar clip Hydel
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Calabar High produced a late show yesterday to earn a vital three points against the previously unbeaten Hydel High in their ISSA/LIME Manning Cup match at the Caymanas field.
Substitute Mario Sailsman netted a 90th minute winner for the Bradley Stewart-coached Calabar after Hydel were reduced to 10-men in the 87th minute. Substitute Brad Tulley received a straight red for striking an opponent in the face.
The victory moved the Red Hills Road-based institution to 19 points, one behind leaders Hydel, with one round of matches remaining in the group. They are followed by St Jago (17), St Catherine (10), Eltham (nine) and Penwood zero.
In the group's other games, St Jago beat St Catherine 3-1 and Eltham edged Penwood 2-1.
Stewart said he was very happy with his team's determined display.
"We had to work really hard to win," said Stewart. "Credit to Hydel, because they are a good young team. However, in the second half, we were able to get a goal and our substitutions changed the game for us," he said.
Hydel's coach Donovan Hayles was very disappointed with his team's efforts.
"It is a heartbreaker for us," said Hayles. "I think we did more that enough to win the game and so at least, we should have come away with a point.
"I think the red card affected us a lot. My players must learn to control themselves during games because the expulsion hurt us badly and that is the main reason why we lost the game," Hayles said.
Hydel dominated the first half but were let down by faulty shooting. Rodari Edwards came close to giving Hydel the lead the in the 10th minute, but his powerful header from 12-yards hit the crossbar. A few minutes later, Nicholas Nelson also came close for Hydel, but his weak effort on goal was saved by custodian Jashon Nash.
Hydel were also on top for most of the second half but they were kept out by a very organised Calabar defence. However, they were made to pay for their earlier misses when Sailsman arrived at the back post to toe poke the ball into the back of the net past custodian Nicholas Clarke to seal victory for his team.