Charlie Smith take lead
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Charlie Smith High edged closer to a spot in the semi-finals of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition, following a 3-0 win against Norman Manley in their Group I second round match at Constant Spring Complex yesterday.
The Jerome Waite-coached team moved to four points from two games in the quarter-final stage courtesy of second half goals from Bebeto McDonald in the 59th minute, substitute Kimani Arbouine (71st) and defender Lemmar Stewart (76th).
Norman Manley were reduced to 10 players when Shaquille 'Driver' Lewis picked up a second yellow card for striking an opponent in the 67th minute. Lewis was duly ejected.
The Norman Manley team competed fairly in the first half, but in the second period Charlie Smith increased the tempo - especially after the sending off - with some good combination plays from McDonald, the diminutive Chevaun Crooks and Anthony Thompson.
Norman Manley were kept in the game in the first half through some fine saves by goalkeeper Michael Jack.
Former Manning Cup champions Charlie Smith join Innswood High on four points from two games each. However, 'Charlie' are ahead on goal difference. Vauxhall come next on three points, while Norman Manley are out of contention without a point.
Charlie Smith's Waite was pleased with the three points collected.
"I am pleased that we got three goals and full points. It is a plus for the team as we had not won a game in a while," Waite told The Gleaner.
"We will now approach the next game against Vauxhall for a win in order to advance to the semi-finals," he shared.
Meanwhile, coach of Norman Manley, Paul Edwards, said his team never played badly.
"Overall it wasn't a bad game. We held our own in the first half, then let in three goals in the second half. I must commend the goalkeeper for some wonderful saves," Edwards shared.