Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Defending champions, St George's College, recorded a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Camperdown in their rescheduled Group 'D' encounter in the ISSA/LIME Manning Cup competition at the Bellevue field yesterday.
National Under-17 representative and captain, Ryan Miller (15th), and Oshane Boothe, a national Under-20 player (87th), were the goalscorers for the Neville 'Bertis' Bell-coached St George's. Romario Ward scored the consolation goal for Camperdown in the 90th minute.
The victory moved the 'Light Blues' to 17 points, three clear of Camperdown and Charlie Smith, who are both locked on 14. They are followed by fourth-place Vauxhall (six), Oberlin (five), and Donald Quarrie (one).
In the group's other games, Charlie Smith beat Oberlin 4-2 and Vauxhall and Donald Quarrie played to a 0-0 draw.
At the Bellevue field, St George's dominated possession in the early exchanges, but they missed a number of clear-cut opportunities.
The 'Light Blues' were finally rewarded for their dominance when they were awarded a penalty as striker Tevin Beadle was brought down inside the 18-yard box by Oneil Anderson. Miller then stepped up to convert his seventh goal of the season from the spot.
Camperdown came close to scoring the equaliser during the first period, but faulty shooting from their attackers let them down. Camperdown's captain, Hugh Evans, along with Kevin Clark and Rohan Scott, were all guilty of glaring misses for their team.
The Christopher Bender-coached Camper-down came out looking the better team in the second period as they dominated the ball possession, but tame shooting from the strikers led to their downfall. The east Kingston-based school was made to pay for their early misses when Boothe doubled St George's lead three minutes from time.
Ward gave Camperdown a glimmer of hope when he scored for his team in the 90th minute.
St George's assistant coach, Marcel Gayle, was happy for the win.
"Congrats to the guys because I think they played well," Gayle said.
Stanford Patrick, assistant coach of Camperdown, was disappointed with his team's efforts.
"I think we didn't put down the ball and play the type of football that we know how to play," said Patrick.
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