Camperdown brush aside KC
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Camperdown High beat Kingston College 2-0 at the Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday to take the lead in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition second stage in Group 'K'.
The Christopher Bender-coached team jumped into the lead in the group on maximum three points as the feature game of the double-header finished in a 1-1 draw between Hydel High and St Jago High, leaving both with one point.
In the first game, Camperdown won courtesy of strikes by Ramiesh McKnight in the 19th minute and André McCatty in the 15th.
Camperdown were clearly the better team and shot into a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes then held on for an important start in the group. The east Kingston-based school appeared tired after playing two games in 48 hours.
A bit tired
"The team's performance wasn't important today (yesterday), it was the points. We were a bit tired after playing last Saturday evening," Bender told The Gleaner.
Bender pointed out that the team would be strengthened for the next game against St Jago as national Under-17 players Fabian Grant and Tajea Brown would be back from CFU Finals duties.
KC's new coach, Neil Harrison, wasn't disappointed.
"I'm not disappointed with the performance because of where we are coming from. It is very challenging for me as I am getting to know the players after just three weeks in charge," Harrison said.
In the feature game, Hydel led courtesy of a goal from central defender Kurt Thomas in the 24th minute. St Jago's Shaqan Brown cancelled out that strike from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute.
Hydel's coach, Donovan 'DV' Hayles, said his team played poorly.
"We played poorly, but it was a good effort as we got little rest after playing a tough game last Saturday," Hayles said.
St Jago's coach, Glen 'Bobby Reds' Laing, said: "We started badly but came out and did better in the second half. We are the group's underdogs, but will fight to the end," Laing said.
Camperdown 2 KC 0
Hydel 1 St Jago 1
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