St George’s roll over Norman Manley
Nathaniel Campbell netted a brace as Group F leaders St George's College defeated Norman Manley High 4-0 in their ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup clash at Winchester Park yesterday. The attacking midfielder is now the team's joint leading scorer. Campbell and Chantomoi Taylor both have seven goals. Rochaine Baker handed St George's College the lead after 11 minutes. He headed home from close range after goalkeeper Camoy Deair made the initial stop from a corner kick.
Norman Manley gave a good account of themselves after and created a couple of good openings that they should have converted. However, moments after Almando Sinclair missed a sitter for the visitors, Campbell went up field and finished off an excellent counter-attack by the hosts in the 34th minute, stabbing home at the back post, to put St George's 2-0 up.
The diminuitive attacker added his second, and St George's College's third, three minute later, when he raced on to a through ball and calmly slotted past Deair in goal to make the score 3-0.
After the half-time break Norman Manley were much better and had chances to get back into the game but they were not clinical with their opportunities. Seven minutes from the end, Taylor ensured he was on the scoresheet when he slotted past Deair.
St George's assistant coach, Marcel Gayle, noted that they were very good in the first-half but played a more relaxed game in the second half. "We played well but kudos to Norman Manley because they came out in the second half and made it tough for us and we could only score one goal. We had a few chances but the team's performance dipped a little," Gayle said.
With all games starting at 1 p.m., Norman Manley coach, Shane Gage, said the midday sun took a toll on his players and that it had a major impact on his team's performance on the day.
"About three or four players were complaining about the heat. They took one off the field because of dizziness, which was blamed on the sun. Others also complained about dizziness and feeling dehydrated," he said.