Scorer credits determination for Charlie win
Former champions Charlie Smith High were forced to battle hard to defeat a resolute Mona High 2-1 in a spirited ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football game at Mona High playing field in St Andrew yesterday.
Goals from Tyrick Reid and Kemar James in the 43rd and 88th minutes of play were enough to see off Mona's second-half penalty.
Goalscorer James credited his team's determination as key to victory, despite being outplayed by Mona in the second half.
"I feel good to score. I did it for the team and my school. It was great that we held on and fought to the end of the game, even though it was not a very easy game or good field to play on," he told The Gleaner.
It was James' seventh goal in three seasons.
"I hope to score more," he stressed.
While both teams attacked along the flanks and created scoring chances, the finishing was off target and Reid cleverly slipped onside to stab home a deft Omario Fisher cross, which deceived the Mona defence and the advancing Jordan Hoilett in goal, giving the visitors the first-half lead.
STRONG SECOND HALF
Mona, comfortable and fearless at home, began the second half strong, robbing Charlie Smith of space to play and dominated much of the ball possession. They broke the deadlock when unmarked substitute Njerie McKenzie, free as a bird, was brought down by goalkeeper Shamarley Clayton.
Milton Harris stepped up for the home team and slotted home a cool penalty to the right of the goalkeeper to give them a fighting chance.
Following the game, Charlie Smith's coach, Jerome Waite, said his team - which was missing some players because of registration issues - will get better.
"It was a good fight. We missed a couple of chances, but we will have some guys in for our next game, which will help us improve and play a better all-round game."