Calabar in seventh heaven
Calabar High scored their first win after three attempts in Group G of this season's ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup competition yesterday, and they did it in some style, with a 7-0 clobbering of Campion College at Red Hills Road.
Javone Francis led the onslaught with two goals in the 45th and 75th minutes. The other goals came from Herbert Redman, Scott McCoy, Renardo Burger, Orane Ferguson, and De Andre McCoy.
But despite losing their first two games of the season, double goalscorer Francis, who has targeted 20 goals this season, insists their season has just started with that this game, and he is confident that they can recover and move on from the group.
"Today, our campaign started and we are going to win all seven matches we have left. We are confident we can make it to the next round. My aim is to score goals, and the aim is 20 for the season," he told The Gleaner.
Calabar were all over their opponents from the opening whistle, and Redman fired home in the 16th minute to get them off the mark. Calabar doubled their lead on the half-hour thanks to McCoy's powerful strike, and Burger produced an even more spectacular effort, curling in a shot off the post four minutes later. Francis netted his first and Calabar his fourth when he scored from inside the box on 45 minutes.
After the break, Ferguson scored with a low shot from 18 yards, and Francis added his second and Calabar's sixth with another low strike. McCoy then sealed the win with a goal in added time.
Calabar's coach, Lijyasu Simms, reiterated that their season had just began.
"The slow start we had is because we have a very young team. A lot of these guys are playing Manning Cup for the first time, so they started nervous. The two games we lost are water under the bridge. The other teams (in group) are not way ahead of us, so our destiny is in our own hands," Simms said.