Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The Manning's School continue to chalk up surprises in the latter stages of the 2012 ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel daCosta Cup, with a dominant 2-1 win over Garvey Maceo in a Group A quarter-final encounter at Frome Sports Complex yesterday.
Goals from team captain Melvin Blair and Dave Stone pushed the 2005 semi-finalists to what in the end was a comfortable victory, as they jumped into an early advantage at this stage of the competition.
The versatile Ishmael Currie scored his team's consolation in time added for stoppages in the second half.
In the 50th minute Manning's poured forward and were awarded a corner kick. Blair launched the ball goalwards and it drifted into the net, much to the consternation of the Garvey Maceo keeper Rojay Robinson.
Their second goal also emerged from a set piece, when Blair again lifted a corner kick into the area in the 61st minute for Stone to head home to give Manning's a 2-0 lead.
That was eventually cut in half by the burly Currie, who outmuscled two defenders before smacking the ball into the net.
"I thought Garvey Maceo gave us plenty of space in midfield and from that we spring our attacks, and could have won by a wider margin but a win is a win and we are happy," reasoned Aaron Lawrence, Manning's coach.
"We are building towards the ultimate, which is the final, and this win is an important part of the plan. Next, we turn our attention to our next game on Saturday with the same expectation. Hopefully, we can put away all our chances in that one," Lawrence said.
Manning's School 2 Garvey Maceo 1
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