Workmanlike win for St George's
St George's College started the new ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football competition with a hard-fought victory against Tivoli Gardens High at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday.
The 20-time champions had to work hard for the three points in the Group A clash. Last year's top goalscorer in the Manning Cup, Alex Marshall, put the Light Blues ahead in the 45th minute and captain Dominic James added the other goal in the 74th minute.
Marshall, with his pace and skill, tormented the Tivoli back-line. Tivoli's goalkeeper, Ricardo Brown, made some fine saves to prevent St George's from winning by a wider margin.
Tivoli had their good moments but failed to trouble St George's College custodian John Wilson.
Marshall, who was away in the summer on trial at St Pauli FC in Germany, says it was a hard game, but the important thing is the three points earned.
"I was not at 100 per cent, so I am going back to training to work harder. It is always good to start a competition with a win and we are thankful for the result", Marshall told The Gleaner.
"It's a team sport, so although I'm targeted, we play to help each other," the 18 year-old shared.
St George's College assistant coach, Marcel Gayle described the victory as "a workmanlike performance."
"We were pushed to the limit by the Tivoli team today, but it was important to start on a winning note," Gayle said.
On the other hand, Tommy Ricketts, coach of Tivoli High, blamed faulty finishing for his team's second consecutive defeat from two games.
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(Home teams are named first and all games start at 3:30 p.m.)