James double strike keeps StGC perfect in ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup
Midfielder Dominic James (56th, 76th) scored a brace and Alex Marshall (68th) added another as St George's College held off a spirited Ardenne High to make it three wins from three games in Zone C of the FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup football competition, with a 3-0 win at Winchester Park, St George's College, yesterday.
After a scoreless first-half, which the home team dominated but wasted a number of good scoring opportunities, James fired the Neville 'Bertis' Bell-coached team ahead with a rasping drive from 30 yards that gave goalkeeper Kalvin Brown no chance.
The lanky playmaker then added a second from the penalty spot on 68 minutes when St George's were handed a dubious penalty after Marshall went down under a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge inside the area.
"Today's game he was exceptional," assistant coach Marcel Gayle said about James.
"He showed his quality and he showed his class not only by scoring two, but by his performance," Gayle added.
The hosts started comfortably and bossed possession against the opponents who, although not having real quality up front, played with discipline and determination. It was not long before the Georgians realised that they would be in for a match and stepped up their game.
Jerome Coombs had two great opportunities to put St George's ahead, but Brown parried his effort from five yards. Minutes later, the goalkeeper spilled possession under pressure from the said player, but in his eagerness to score, Coombs lifted the ball over the top with the goal at his mercy. Marshall was also denied by Brown, who kept the visitors in the game.
St George's continued to press after the break and 11 minutes in James was given time and space and he let fly from 30 yards to open the scoring.
Twelve minutes later they added a second when Marshall went down inside the area and James converted for his and St George's second.
After missing a number of other easy chances, the hosts sealed the deal when Marshall turned and dribbled neatly in minimal space past three defenders, before slotting past Brown to make it 3-0 with a classy goal.
Gayle said they had to work for the three points.
"Ardenne pushed us to the limit ... but the quality of St George's College and our condition prevailed. But we had to dig deep," Gayle said.
Ardenne's coach, Junior Francis, said the first goal caught them by surprise and the penalty knocked the wind out of their sails.
"When you go two goals (down) like that to a St George's team it's very hard to get back in the game," he commented.
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