Charlie Smith beat STGC to advance
Damar Brown’s brace was enough to see Charlie Smith to a 2-1 win over St George’s College (STGC) in Group A of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at Stadium East yesterday.
The result put Charlie Smith level on 12 points with Kingston Technical, who get the second automatic qualifying spot, while Charlie Smith are expected to advance as one of the better third-place teams.
Jamaica College topped the group with 13 points.
The teams were originally set to meet on Saturday, but for a waterlogged pitch which forced a rescheduling for yesterday. Charlie Smith head coach Eugene Williams said the postponement made it hard to get his team motivated.
“I tried to motivate them today but we got a flat game, our worse game all season,” he said. “But we still got the result required.”
Williams was however full of praise for Brown, who has scored six of his team’s seven goals this season.
“It seems as if we are depending on him alone, but that is what he is there for,” he said. “He is our centre forward, he is there to score goals and we hope he continues into the quarter-finals.”
One game at a time
Williams says that no one expected them to progress from the group stage. However, he said they will not get ahead of themselves, but take it one game at a time.
“The win was what we wanted and we got the victory, so we are now getting ready for the quarter-finals,” he said. “We have surpassed what everyone expected of us because no one expected us to come out of the group. We are now in the quarter-finals and we are going to take it a game at a time.”
Brown opened the scoring in the first half but St George’s found an equaliser a minute into the second half.
However, Brown popped up again later in the half to restore Charlie Smith’s advantage and secured the points.
Mona High School will join Kingston College (KC) as the other automatic qualifier from Group C. Mona progressed at the expense of St Catherine who lost 2-1 to KC at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.
In the lone Group B game, Wolmer’s scored a 3-0 win over Papine, who finished with no goals and no points.
However, Jose Marti were able to shake their goalless, pointless tag, and end their season on a high after a 1-0 win over Dunoon at the Prison Oval.