Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Camperdown High defeated Charlie Smith High - which ended the game with 10 players - 3-1 in a top clash in Group D of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town yesterday.
The Christopher Bender-coached Camperdown team scored courtesy of first-half strikes by an own goal from Charlie Smith defender Odane Samuels in the fifth minute, Andre McCatty (18th) and Kevin Clarke (32nd). Charlie Smith's consolation came from Samuels in the 75th minute.
In the closing moments of the first half, Camperdown's striker Rohan Scott was floored by an elbow to the face by Shaquile Dyer of Charlie Smith. However, referee Damion Williams first showed a yellow card to Lemmar Stewart. But after consultation with his assistant referee, he issued the red card for violent conduct.
The referee blundered as video footage showed that he gave the wrong player the red card.
After the game, referee Williams refused to comment on the red card incident.
Camperdown started the game well, with some good attacking combinations. They took the lead when McCatty sent through a pass to Clarke, who controlled on his chest, but Samuels of Charlie Smith came across and booted the ball past his own goalkeeper Leon Lee.
McCatty increased the lead when unmarked in the 18-yard area, he headed past Lee. Clarke made it 3-0 when he slotted home easily after beating Lee.
Charlie Smith picked up the tempo in the second half through captain Patrick Sales, Bebeto McDonald and Chevaugn Crooks. The Jerome Waite-coached side pulled a goal back when Samuels hit a shot past Camperdown's goalkeeper Leon Taylor.
Charlie Smith pressed hard for another goal, but missed several scoring chances.
Camperdown moved to seven points from three games in Group D that is dubbed the 'Group of Death'. Charlie Smith remain on four points, also from three games. Defending champions St George's are also on seven points and lead the group on a superior goal difference.
GOT IT RIGHT
"Tactically, we got it right in the first 45 minutes. Everything was working according to plan up to that point," Bender told The Gleaner.
"We need to learn how to manage games like this. We dominated the game and could have scored more goals but was let down by lack of concentration," Bender reasoned.
Meanwhile, Charlie Smith's coach Waite said his young team was a bit tentative because of the occasion.
"The players were a bit tentative because it is a top-of-the-table clash. We are lacking in experience.
"We lost a player in the first half because of a red card, but we fought back in the second and scored. We lost one half and won the other," Waite expressed.
Kingston Technical 0, St Catherine 1
Clan Carthy vs Wolmer's (DNP - unprepared field)
Donald Quarrie 0, St George's College 2
Charlie Smith 1, Camperdown 3
Vauxhall 1, Oberlin 1
Greater Portmore 0, Spanish Town 0
DNP: Did not play
Ascot vs Edith Dalton James
Jonathan Grant vs Hydel
Calbar vs STATHS
Norman Manley vs Waterford
Haile Selassie vs Excelsior
Camperdown vs St Jago
Tivoli vs Bridgeport
Jose Marti vs St Andrew College
Ardenne High vs Jamaica College
Campion College vs Meadowbrook
St Mary's College vs Innswood
Denham Town vs Holy Trinity
Home teams named first. All games begin at 3:30 p.m.