Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
St George's College have taken a huge step towards retaining the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/ Gatorade/Digicel Olivier Shield, after a classy performance resulted in them beating daCosta Cup winners Glenmuir High 4-1 in the first of the two-leg all-island title decider at Constant Spring Complex yesterday.
The 13-time all-island champions got their goals from Andre Lewis (38th), Mark Brown (49th), Cardel Benbow (88th) and Kendon Anderson (90th). Glenmuir's goal was netted by Newton Henry in the 44th minute.
Despite the healthy margin of victory, St George's College's head coach, Neville 'Bertis' Bell, does not believe they have the title won, as he thinks there is much more work to be done in Saturday's second leg at Brancourt, Clarendon.
"We are a confident team, but my friend 'Jackie' (Patrick) Walters is a very good coach and I think they will wheel and come again, so this is not over yet and we are cognisant that we have some more work to do and hopefully we will do it next Saturday," Bell told The Gleaner.
Bell was forced into an early change after Oshane Boothe picked up an injury in the ninth minute and had to be replaced by Anderson.
63rd goal of the season
The 'Light Blues' score their 63rd goal of the season and their first of the match at the 38th minute when what appeared to be an intended pass for Anderson by Lewis eluded its target and trickled into the goal past the flat-footed Chambers.
Glenmuir would level the scoreline before the interval after St George's College's Paul Doyle committed an unnecessary foul on the edge of his area, resulting in a free kick. Henry's powerful effort flew past St George's custodian Nico Campbell at his near post to set up an intriguing second half.
St George's regained the lead four minutes into the second half when Brown's side-footed effort from just inside the area found the net despite brushing the gloves of Chambers.
The 'Georgians' had to wait until the 88th minute for the insurance goal, when Benbow exquisitely chipped home after Chambers had strayed off his line.
Anderson finally got his name on the scoresheet in the 90th minute, when he fired home on the half volley from inside the area, after Glenmuir had failed to clear their lines.
Glenmuir's Walters paid tribute to the St George's team, but is keen for his team to give an improved showing.
"The conditions were a bit difficult for us and we would have needed to recover much more physically from the finals on Saturday (last week), so we are looking to give a much better performance come Saturday," Walters said. "It is going to be difficult, but we are up for the challenge."