Sun | Dec 15, 2019

Clarendon secure close win

Published:Thursday | October 24, 2019 | 9:13 AMKavarly Arnold/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:

A brace from Sheldon Smart saw Clarendon College come from behind to defeat Mannings 2-1 in their quarter-final match of the ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup at Frome Sports Complex in Westmoreland, yesterday.

Tavar Thompson gave Mannings an early lead just seven minutes into the game. Clarendon, however, held their composure, playing a patient, passing game that resulted in Smart’s equaliser in the 26th minute. Smart netted his second to seal the win for the visitors in the 64th minute.

Lenworth ‘Teacha’ Hyde, coach of Clarendon College, applauded the performance of his young striker.

Smart crucial

“He (Smart) has been scoring for us for the past few games. We don’t have an out-and-out striker like (we did last season with) Nicque Daley, however, I think young Smart is being very smart for us this season.

“He has been getting one and two goals for us, so I must lift my hat to him. He is a youngster who has about two more seasons to go, so we are hoping for good things from him this year,” Hyde said.

“We didn’t start out well today, but as the game went on, we started to play our brand of football.

“I think the game was a bit scrappy as the field was wet in some areas, and that prevented us from moving the ball quickly. All in all, we fought gallantly, scored two goals, and the three points, were very important,” he added.

Despite the loss, Godfrey Drummond, coach of Manning’s said they are still optimistic of a semi-final spot.

“We still relish our chances of making it to the semi-finals. We are going to play as hard as possible for the next two games. We have to look at this as one of those setbacks on the way forward, but I think if we continue to hold our head up, we can do it or (get to) even to one of the knockout finals,” Drummond said.

In yesterday’s other game, Frome hammered Petersfield 5-0.