Late goal seals points for Charlie
Former champions Charlie Smith High needed a late strike from Kemar James to gain all three points against a resolute Mona High in a spirited ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup game at the Mona playing field yesterday.
Tyrick Reid opened the scoring for Charlie Smith in the 43rd minute before Mona High found the equaliser from the penalty spot in the 63rd. When it appeared that both teams would share the points, James popped up to find the winner two minutes from full time.
Goalscorer James said his team was determined to win the match, despite being outplayed by Mona in the second half.
"It feels good to score. I did it for the team and my school. It was great that we fought to the end of the match even though it was not a very easy game or good field to play on" he told STAR Sports. It was the player's seventh goal in three seasons.
"I hope to score more," he stressed.
While both teams attacked along the flanks, and created several scoring chances, the finishing was off target.
With the break looming Reid moved cleverly to beat the Mona off-side trap and stabbed home a dangerous Omario Fisher cross past the advancing goalkeeper Jordan Hoilett to give Charlie Smith a 1-0 half-time lead.
Mona, comfortable and fearless at home, began the second half robbing Charlie Smith of space to play and dominated much of the ball possession. They got the equaliser from the penalty spot, after substitute Njerie McKenzie was brought down by goalkeeper Shamarley Clayton.
Milton Harris stepped up for the home team and slotted home a cool penalty to the right of the goalkeeper to give them a fighting chance.
Charlie Smith continued to fight, however, and James sealed the points with his late show.
Following the game, Charlie Smith coach, Jerome Waite, said his team, which was missing some players due to registration issues, will get better.
"It was a good fight, we missed a couple of chances, but we will have some guys in for our next game which will help us improve and play a better all-round game," he said.
Other results: Excelsior 4 Tarrant 0; Greater Portmore 0 Tivoli 0; Mona 1 Charlie Smith 2; Waterford 1 Holy Trinity 0.