10-man 'Charlie' ease past St Mary's College
Second-half goals from substitutes Kemar James (56th, 88th minutes) and Ashawn Ricketts (73rd) lifted 10-man Charlie Smith High to a 3-0 win over St Mary's College in Group D of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup at the Anthony Spaulding Complex yesterday.
In a lacklustre first half, the home team failed to register a shot on target but had the better possession, while the visitors came closer to scoring with a two long-range efforts.
However, the introduction of James and Ricketts at the interval paid dividends almost immediately with James racing on to a pass over the defence to put a delicate lob over the St Mary's College custodian 11 minutes into the second half.
Charlie Smith looked much more positive after going in front, but they suffered a set-back when Zamario Sinclair was shown a straight red for an off-the-ball incident on 72 minutes.
The Jerome Waite-coached team, however, extended their lead a minute later, thanks to Ricketts' solo effort. The midfielder cut inside from the right, leaving two defenders in his wake before beating the goalkeeper with a looping shot, albeit with the aid of a deflection.
After squandering a number of easy scoring chances, Charlie Smith sealed the win two minutes from time when James redirected a low cross from six yards.
Waite said that it's the dream of every coach when they make substitutions that it bears fruit and he was pleased to see his two early changes got the job done.
"It is always good when youngsters can analyse the game from the bench that when they go into the game they can make a difference," he said.
But although satisfied with three points, he admitted it wasn't their best display and believes his young team has to improve.
"It was a spirited performance although we started a bit tentative, but as the game progressed, they came into their own. There is room for improvement in all departments as we made some silly mistakes," Waite concluded.