Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Despite losing their fourth consecutive game, Meadowbrook's assistant coach, Lloyd Ricketts, believes the entire school community can take solace from the team scoring their first goal in four games, after being edged 2-1 by Ardenne in their Group G ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel Manning Cup match yesterday at the school's playing field.
Ardenne, the 1991 Manning Cup winners, got their first victory of the season, courtesy of a double strike by Brian McKoy in the seventh and 20th minutes. Meadowbrook's goal was scored by Lindon Roberts in the 27th minute to spark celebration among the modest gathering.
The Meadowbrook supporters' jubilation was in stark contrast to the gloom that has hung over the school since Tuesday when former head of the Industrial Arts Department, 43-year-old Orville Heaven, who had been a member of staff at the institution since 1993, collapsed while he was teaching a grade nine class and died. Heaven taught technical drawing to at least three members of the football team.
"It (scoring) is a good note in light of what has gone on at the school with the passing of Mr Heaven," Ricketts said.
The result moved Ardenne one place up the six-team standings to fourth, while Meadowbrook remain rooted at the bottom, having yet to garner a point.
Charlie Smith with a perfect nine points from three games lead the group. They are followed by Kingston College (six), STATHS (five) with Pembroke Hall lying fifth with two points.
Ardenne dominated the first half and came close to taking the lead in the fourth minute when a 20-yard free kick by Linval Shaw struck the underside of the crossbar, but stayed out. The Andrew Hines-coached Ardenne went ahead three minutes later when McKoy fired past the diving Meadowbrook goalkeeper Giovanni Brown from inside the 18-yard box.
McKoy notched his second goal in the 20th minute when he executed a similar finish after gaining possession in the area following a defensive mistake by Meadowbrook.
The Carlton Smith-coached Meadowbrook scored their consolation goal against the run of play in the 27th minute after some good work down the right flank by Jonathan Dunkley. His cross was tapped in on the back post by Roberts.
"Our main objective is to finish third in the group and, hopefully, it can carry us through to the next stage," Hines said. "If we can make it to third it would be a good accomplishment for the school and the players."
St Catherine 1, Spanish Town 1
Ascot 3, Trench Town 1
Meadowbrook 1, Ardenne 2
Penwood vs Campion
Greater Portmore vs Excelsior
Innswood vs Calabar
Bridgeport vs Tivoli
Haile Selassie vs St Mary's College
Wolmer's Boys vs Oberlin
Donald Quarrie vs Kingston Technical
Jose Marti vs St Andrew College
STATHS vs Kingston College
Pembroke Hall vs Charlie Smith