Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Innswood have improved their chances of securing qualification to the second round of Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup competition with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over St Mary's College in their Group G encounter at Chedwin Park yesterday.
Oshane Edwards (24th) and Akeem Gibbons (34th) were the goalscorers for the Milford Thomas-coached Innswood while Lamain Willis scored for St Mary's College in the 20th minute.
The victory moved Innswood to 18 points and second place on goal difference ahead of Trench Town. Innswood, who hold a plus four goal difference over Trench Town, still have a game in hand against the latter, this after their match on Saturday was abandoned as both teams turned up in similar colours. ISSA will make a ruling today regarding who is to be awarded the points.
They are followed by St Mary's College (10), Meadowbrook (five) and Campion College (one).
Holy Trinity, who have been impressive in the competition so far, won the group after garnering 28 of a possible 30 points to qualify for the quarter-finals of both the Walker Cup knock-out and the Manning Cup.
Thomas said he was very pleased with his team's performance because they had to work hard to achieve the victory.
"It was a very hard-fought victory because my players had to work very hard for it," said Thomas. "I think that the guys showed that they really deserved to be in the second round of the competition."
Thomas added: "We are ahead of Trench Town on goal difference now, and so if ISSA decides to play the game, then we will be ready to play because we just have to do what it takes to get us into the second round."
Willis gave St Mary's College a surprise lead when he latched onto a loose ball inside the 18-yard box to fire home past the goalkeeper.
However, Edwards gave Innswood the equaliser when he converted from the penalty spot, this after he was brought down inside the 18-yard area by defender Josh Alvaranga.
The speedy and skilful Gibbons doubled Innswood's lead 10 minutes later, when he dribbled his way pass two defenders to fire home beyond the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
Both teams created a number of scoring chances in the second half, but poor finishing from their attackers let them down.