All squared in Group G

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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It's all squared at the end of the first set of games in quarter-final action in Group G of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football competition.

In the double-header at Constant Spring yesterday, St Catherine High and St Andrew Tecnical High School (STATHS) ended 1-1, and it was a similar result in the feature between St George's College and Holy Trinity High School.

In the opening game St Catherine High, who were reduced to 10 players, shot to the front with a goal from Tayaun Taylor in the second minute of play. However, Jahmarie Henry of St Catherine, through an own goal in minute 32, brought the teams level, and from that moment on it was a colossal struggle to separate the teams as, after the equaliser, STATHS seemed to find another gear and forced St Catherine into making numerous errors at the back.

And had it not been for some pristine goalkeeping from Raheim Henry for St Catherine, STATHS would have left the field comfortable winners. To further illustrate his virtuosity between the uprights Henry was called upon to push a searching shot around his post seconds before the final whistle.

Earlier in the 73rd minute, St Catherine went down to 10 players after Marcovich Brown was expelled.

In the feature Holy Trinity took the lead in minute 27 after Shai Smith beat Hakeem Francis in goal for St George's College with well taken free kick from just outside the area to go to the break in the lead.

The young St George's College team started out briskly but seemed to lose their way from midway to the end the first half. However, on the resumption, they returned with new spirit and it was not surprising when they drew level from a solo run by substitute Damani Harris in the 62nd minute.

Holy Trinity showed that they were a cut above the youthful St George's College outfit, and should have left the field winners as there was a glaring push off the ball near the byline which was ignored by the officials.

— Hurbun Williams

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