Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Charlie Smith High tuned in a scintillating first half display yesterday to thrash defending champions St George's College 3-0 in Group D of their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.
Shamar Pryce (10th), Ryan Smith (40th) and Bebeto McDonald (41st) were on target for Charlie Smith.
However, the Georgians who were suffering their first defeat of the season, remain atop the group ahead of Camperdown and Charlie Smith by virtue of a superior goal difference, as all three teams are locked on 17 points each.
St George's have scored 26 goals while conceding 10, compared to second place Camperdown, who have netted 23 goals and conceded eight while Charlie Smith have scored 23 goals while conceding nine.
They are followed by Oberlin and Vauxhall who are locked on six points each. Donald Quarrie are at the bottom with two points. In the group's other games yesterday, Camperdown whipped Vauxhall 5-0 and Donald Quarrie and Oberlin played to a 0-0 draw.
Jerome Waite, coach of Charlie Smith, was delighted with his team's performance. "Charlie Smith team defended stoutly and it resulted in three good goals," said Waite.
Charlie Smith began the match confidently and were rewarded when Pryce's curling 30-yards free-kick went through the hands of St George's goalkeeper Cardell Irving and into the back of the net.
The St George's players seems shell-shocked after conceding the early goal and Charlie Smith went on to dominate the first half. Smith doubled Charlie Smith's lead in the 40th minute when he control the ball on chest in 18-yards box, then turned away from his marker before firing home from close range.
McDonald netted his team's third goal a minute later, when he outran two St George's defenders before calmly slotting the ball home past Irving and into the back of the net.
St George's dominated the second half but they were kept at bay by a well-organised Charlie Smith defence. Charlie Smith's custodian Leon Taylor was also excellent for his team as he was called upon to make a number of outstanding saves from the St George's attackers.
Marcel Gayle, assistant coach of St George's, was disappointed with his team's efforts.
"I thought it was a good game, but I think that Charlie Smith came out in the first half and capitalised on their opportunities," said Gayle. "I think that we never got it right and so it is just one of those bad days for us."
Papine 0-4 St. Catherine
Wolmers 3-1 Denham Town
Kingston Technical 2-2 Clan Carthy
Charlie Smith 3-0 St George's
Vauxhall 0-5 Camperdown
Donald Quarrie 0-0 Oberlin
Kingston College 2-0 Greater Portmore
Spanish Town 2-1 Eltham