Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
St George's College, behind double strikes from four players, demolished Calabar High 8-1 in Group K of the ISSA/LIME Manning Cup football competition at the Spanish Town Prison Oval in St Catherine yesterday.
The defending champions, courtesy of goals from captain Ryan Miller (13th and 17th), Oshane Boothe (21st and 70th), Cardel Benbow (37th and 90th) and Shevon Stewart (11th and 90+) sounded a stern warning to all opponents. Omar Walcott netted for Calabar in the 86th minute.
It was a truly one-sided affair in the first match of the double-header at the venue as Calabar failed to contain the slick passing and good off-the-ball movement from the 'Light Blues'.
St George's assistant coach Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle was a bit surprised by the huge margin of victory over the Red Hills Road-based institution.
"Well, basically, I am surprised at the outcome, but today is a testimony of what would have happened if we had scored our many chances in earlier games," Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.
"Credit to the guys, as they played well. We got a bit complacent and let in a goal. However, we came for three points and achieved that. We are now looking towards our next fixture against Camperdown on Saturday," Gayle added.
Meanwhile, Marvin Tate, coach of Calabar, was shocked by the result and overall performance of his team.
"I don't know what to say. We were not expecting anything like this. We played Premier League team Waterhouse and lost 6-3 in a practice game last week and I thought the team played well. I just don't know what really happened today," an obviously disappointed Tate said.
In the day's second game, Camperdown tagged Spanish Town High 3-0, courtesy of a brace by Rohan Scott in the 14th and 70th minutes and another goal by Tevin Shaw.
Camperdown could have won by a much wider margin as Spanish Town, who had their coach, Anthony Thompson, removed from the bench after going 2-0 down, offered little resistance.
In the second half, their inspirational captain Nathaniel Leslie, a former national Under-17 player, moved from midfield to central defence in order to curtail the frequent attacks from Camperdown.
"Winning games bring confidence, but we were not efficient enough in front of goal. We have the three points, and that was important," Camperdown's coach, Christopher Bender, said.
"We will be meeting the defending champions for the third time this season in our next game and it will be another good game," Bender pointed out.