Waterford strike first
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
A 90th-minute strike by Andre McFarlane carried Waterford High to an exciting 1-0 victory over former champions Charlie Smith in their opening second-round game in Group One of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Pepsi/Digicel Manning Cup at the Spanish Town Prison Oval in St Catherine yesterday.
In the group's other game which was played at the same venue, St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and Eltham played to a dull 0-0 draw.
However, despite the draw, Phillips Williams, coach of STATHS, said he was pleased with his team's efforts.
"I happy with the way our guys performed today because we played a very disciplined and tactical game," said Williams.
"The chances were few and far but, unfortunately, we never put away the couple that we got, but I am satisfied with the draw," Williams said.
Glenville Holmes, assistant coach of the Eltham, said: "I think that this is a very disappointing result for us because our aim was to take all three points from this game, and we failed to do that."
Eltham dominated the early exchanges but failed to capitalise on a number of clear-cut chances, which were offered to them by a very disorganised STATHS defence. Ramiz Gordon, Shawn Elliston and Damion Binns were all guilty of missing open chances for the Eltham team.
Gevany Howell received STATHS best scoring chance of the first half but, with goalkeeper Reshawn Dunn at his mercy, his shot went wide of the target.
Both teams failed to create any meaningful scoring chances in the second period and were left to launch hopeful but aimless long-range shots at goal.
The Waterford and Charlie Smith game was evenly contested, with both teams squandering a number of open chances in the first half.
However, the St Catherine-based Waterford took control of the second half and were rewarded when McFarlane collected a pass from substitute Theodore Thomas out the midfield, rounded two defenders before unleashing a powerful left-footed shot past custodian Sulane Powell.
Work to be done
Floyd Coke, coach of the Waterford, was pleased with his team's efforts.
"I am very grateful for the victory because we collected three points from it, and this will put us in good stead for the remainder of the group," said Coke. "I think that we still have a lot of work to be done, especially with our attackers, because they were really off-key today."
Jerome Waite, coach of Charlie Smith, said: "I think that we lapsed in our concentration in the final moments of the match, because our central defender failed to stick with his marker and this resulted in us giving away a goal."
In today's Group Two action at the Constant Spring Sports Complex, Jamaica College tackle Bridgeport at 1 p.m. and defending champions St George's College battle neighbours Kingston College at 3 p.m.