Barrett's double lifts Calabar
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Midfielder Akiel Barrett scored two second-half goals to guide Calabar High to a 3-0 win over Kingston Technical High School (KTHS) in Group C action of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/ Pepsi/Digicel Manning Cup Corporate Area senior schoolboy football competition yesterday.
Barrett, who wears the coveted number 10 jersey for the boys from Red Hills Road, scored in the 49th and 90th minutes as Calabar, playing in their first game, got off to a positive start.
Shane Thompson, with a 75th-minute strike, netted Calabar's other goal.
"We didn't play our best game as we have a lot of new faces and the team will take some time to find its footing," said Calabar's coach, Alrick Clarke.
Both teams were lacklustre in the first half, with shots on goal few and far between and no player really stamping his authority on the game.
It was a different second half, however, with Calabar demonstrating more purpose. This led to the game's first goal.
Surrounded by a number of KTHS defenders, Barrett leapt high and in a flashing motion headed home the game's first goal.
Calabar then increased their tally through Thompson who, after receiving a defence-splitting pass, held his composure and calmly slotted home past the advancing goalkeeper, Demarley White.
The scoreline was then made all the more impressive by Bennett, who took a cross beautifully and cut the ball inside two defenders in one motion, before using the outside of his boot to place his shot inside the near post.
Clive Anderson, who was overseeing KTHS's second straight defeat following Monday's 7-1 loss to Innswood, was disappointed, but remained philosophical.
"We didn't have our core players for the first game due to registration issues ... we had only 12 players for the game," he explained.
"Today, however, we had some of these players and we were expecting a more improved performance. We didn't play terribly, but it was not good enough."
He added: "We lost today as a result of some marking mistakes. But this is not the end of KT. It's just for us to focus, concentrate and show more discipline."
Group A: Cumberland 2 Camperdown 5, St Mary's College 1 Jamaica College 6.
Group C: Kingston Technical High School 0 Calabar 3, St Andrew College 0 Excelsior 5, Papine 0 Innswood 2.
Group E: Edith Dalton 0 Ardenne 1, St Jago 3 Donald Quarrie 1, Spanish Town 1 Wolmer's 1.
Group B: Jose Marti vs Bridgeport, Vauxhall vs Dunoon Technical.
Group D: Holy Trinity vs Pembroke Hall, Norman Manley vs Meadowbrook, Penwood vs St Andrew Technical High School.
Group F: Hydel vs Jonathan Grant, Tarrant vs Eltham, Campion vs Kingston College.