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St George's drub Innswood

Published:Tuesday | September 29, 2015 | 9:00 AMShayne Fairman
St George's College's Alex Marshall (left) and Jerue Ebanks of Innswood High in a battle for possession during yesterday's ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match at Winchester Park. St George's won 5-0.

A Winchester Park fortress it seems, as 22-time champions St George's reigned supreme at home and made light work of Innswood High in their ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup return match yesterday.

St George's whipped their rivals 5-0 to move to the top of Group C with a superior goal difference.

"We wanted this," St George's coach Neville Bell said. Innswood had beaten St George's 2-1 at home when the teams met earlier this season.

The heroes for the North Street-based school were Alex Marshall, who slammed in a hat-trick, while captain Shevon Stewart overcame a first-half penalty miss to score twice.

Marshall's goals came in the second, 67th and 90th minutes. He is now Manning Cup's leading marksman with 10 goals, while Stewart has four.

Marshall, however, does not believe there is an over-reliance on him to score.

"Not really, all I do is just go out there and make use of the opportunities. I don't know how many I will get (goals this season); it's up to God," said the diminutive player.

Goalkeeper Tajay Griffiths of Innswood had a good game. He pulled off a penalty save and what could be save of the season to deny Stephon Gilzene from close range.

"St George's really came out and played for this game ... and pushed us," Innswood's assistant coach, Kemar Foster, said.

Yesterday's results

GROUP B

Hydel 2 Papine 0

Dunoon 1 Greater Portmore 1

Cumberland 0 Haile Selassie 2

GROUP C

Eltham 2 Kingston Technical 0

St George's 5 Innswood 0

Denham Town 0 Ardenne 2

GROUP F

Jonathan Grant 3 Ascott 1

Spanish Town 1 Norman Manley 1

Excelsior 2 Vauxhall 1