St Jago train rolls on
Young striker Christian Blair, repaid coach Glen Laing's faith in him by producing the only goal of their Group G Manning Cup contest at Calabar High yesterday. Blair scored 25 minutes into the match to effectively end the Red Hills Road school's chances of progressing from the group stage.
St Jago had the better of the first period and duly went in front when national under-17 player Kimani Givans beat the Calabar defence with a precise cross and Blair was on hand to nod home the winner for the Monk Street-based school.
Calabar put the visitors on the back foot for most of the second-half but the Spanish Town school held out for a crucial win, which keeps their Super League ambitions intact.
"We had to play well in this game because we knew Calabar were coming off a two-game winning streak but we were prepared," Laing said.
"There was also a tactical change because young Blair came off the bench and scored two goals the last time so I decided to put my faith in him and put him out from the start and it paid off. He got three chances but I will take one from him," he said.
The victory lifted St Jago two points clear at the top of the table with 16, two more than Bridgeport who drew 0-0 with third place Hydel (12 points).
Laing says the win has placed them in a better position to advance to the next round.
"Things are shaping up nice for us and we are not going to sit on our laurels now. This is a young team and they are going to surprise everybody," he added.
In the other group game, ten-man Campion College held Cumberland to a 0-0 draw to earn their first point in seven attempts.