Clan Carthy net injury-time win over Tivoli
Christopher Thomas' added-time strike led Clan Carthy High to a 2-1 win over pre-match favourites Tivoli Gardens High and gave the Nallawe Blake-coached team a winning start in Group A of the FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup football competition at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.
The visiting Clan Carthy took the lead after only five minutes through Roushawn Wallace, but Tivoli equalised through Rajeem Lothian 62 minutes into the contest. However, Thomas ensured his team all three points with a fine finish from the edge of the area, two minutes into time added.
Clan Cathy's coach, Blake, says although they are building a team for the future, once the team plays to instruction on the day, the possibilities are endless.
"This game could have gone any way, but the players played off instructions. It was a good win, and we are just looking to win when we play on our home ground, where we have a bigger field and more confidence," he said.
Blake revealed that they have not had a field to train on all summer, and they have had to improvise. However, with the Alpha Boys' playing field now available for both training and matches, he expects major improvements before the end of the first round.
"Up until the last two weeks, we didn't train on a football field. We just used inside the school to really get prepared. Tomorrow (Wednesday), we will start training on a football field so we will get better for the next round," he said.
Tivoli, who were looking for their second win in as many matches, were given an early warning just minutes into the match, but the visitors missed two great chances to go ahead.
However, in the fifth minute, Wallace broke away and fired past Marvin Henriques in goal.
Tivoli controlled the game afterwards, but never really threatened their opponents' goal and went into the break trailing 1-0.
On the resumption, Clan Carthy were the better team until Tivoli came back into the game and found the equaliser when Lothian broke away and fired under Kadeem Martin.
With the game heading for a draw, Thomas latched onto a pass at the top of the box and calmly slotted past the outstretched hands of Wallace for the winner.
Calabar 1 St Catherine 0
Tivoli 1 Clan Carthy 2
Penwood 0 Charlie Smith 5
St Mary's College 1 STATHS 0
Kingston High 0 Bridgeport 3
St Jago 3 Mona High 0
Jose Marti 6 Campion 0
Camperdown 2 Waterford 1