Shocker! ... Innswood stun St George's in table topping clash
Manning Cup favourites St George's College were stunned 2-1 in their top-of-the-table Group C ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup game against Innswood High at Chedwin Park yesterday.
Dujoun Powell fired the home team in front 10 minutes into the second half and Shawn Beckford made it 2-0 on 64 minutes with a spectacular effort from about 35 yards.
Chevon Stewart pulled a goal back for St George's in added time but it was too late and Innswood walked away with the points to sit three clear of the North Street school at the top of Zone C with maximum 12 points after four games.
Winning coach Anthony Thompson said it was an intense game that could have gone either way, but credited his defence for keeping the 'Georgians' at bay.
"This game was a hard-fought game; it wasn't nice. It was an end-to-end fight, but the greatest thing is that the defence stood up and the attackers did the job for us. George's got some chances, but they never put away theirs," he told The Gleaner.
Thompson says they cannot allow themselves to get carried away with the result and expect teams to start showing them more respect and play them even harder, which will make things tougher.
"My aim is to challenge for whatever title I can. We set up ourselves (with this win) to be the bait now, so we are going to have to try and sustain it and keep their (players) head level because they are schoolboys.
"This is not over, because we are at their (St George's) home next week and it's not going to be easy," he added.
St George's assistant coach Marcel Gayle said it was just a bad day in front of goal for his team.
"It's just one of those days; we worked hard, but we were unfortunate on the day, so we just have to come again. We played in patches and we didn't execute like how we wanted to. It was a tough day," he said.
However, he says there is no reason to press the panic button and he's confident they'll rebound next game.
"We are second in the zone, so we are not looking to panic. We just have to come again and be ready for the next game," he commented.
In another surprise result, Jonathan Grant clipped Excelsior 1-0 to hand the former winners their second defeat in four games in Zone F.