Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Charlie Smith kept their hopes of advancing to the Walker knockout alive after defeating Camperdown 2-0 in their ISSA/LIME Manning Cup Group D match yesterday at the Bellevue field.
The keenly contested encounter was decided from two set play pieces with Odane Samuels scoring in the 13th minute and Patrick Sales in the 47th.
In the group's other games, two-time defending Manning Cup champions, St George's College rebounded from their loss to Charlie Smith on Saturday to defeat Donald Quarrie 5-0, while Oberlin clipped Vauxhall 2-1.
St George's and Charlie Smith have both amassed 20 points with one round of games to go. The light blues, however, have a superior goal difference of +21 to Charlie Smith's +13.
Camperdown lie third with 17 points and will hope to advance to the second round, as one of the best third-place teams. Oberlin (nine) is fourth followed by Vauxhall (six) and Donald Quarrie (two).
"Presently, we are not thinking about the Walker Cup, we have to just take the games one at a time," Jerome Waite, coach of Charlie Smith, shared."It is good that we got three points, so we still stay in contention with St George's."
Friday will see St George's hosting Vauxhall, Charlie Smith playing away to Donald Quarrie and Camperdown entertaining Oberlin.
"Our only hope now is to see if we can go to the second round based on points and goals," Camperdown's coach, Christopher Bender, reasoned. "We have no choice but to go with everything Friday to win the game."
Camperdown and Charlie Smith tussled for midfield dominance in the early stages of their match before Samuels spectacularly opened the scoring with a 40-yard free kick. This was Samuels' third goal in this season's two meetings between the teams, having scored his team's lone goal in a 3-1 defeat as well as an own goal.
Charlie Smith, buoyed by the goal, settled into the game and almost extended their lead in the 36th minute when Sales' effort swayed in the wind, before forcing goalkeeper Leon Lee to change his direction mid-flight in order to make the save.
The game was put to bed two minutes into the second half, however, Sales redirected a right-sided corner delivered by Bebeto McDonald to give Charlie Smith a two-goal cushion.
Charlie Smith went on to dominate the half and created some good scoring chances with McDonald and Ryan Smith hitting the post.
Denham Town 5 Papine 0St Catherine 2 Kingston Technical 2Clan Carthy 0 Wolmer's 3
Camperdown 0 Charlie Smith 2George's College 5 Donald Quarrie 0Oberlin 2 Vauxhall 1
Eltham 4 Penwood 4Spanish Town 1 Greater Portmore 0