Buchanan's penalty does it for Excelsior
Thorne Buchanan’s 17th minute lifted former champions Excelsior High, to top of Group A, while condemning highly rated St George’s College to a 1-0 defeat in the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup at Winchester Park yesterday.
In the top of the table clash the confident Excelsior took the game to St George's preventing them from playing in their normal free-flowing style.
The dangerous Tyane Wilson was a menace to the St George’s defence early into the game. In the 16th minute he slipped behind the 'light blues' defence and found his way in the box where he was bundled over by goalkeeper John Wilson.
The referee pointed to the spot and the cool and confident dread-locked Buchanan stepped up, picked his spot and rifled the penalty past Wilson. It was his fifth goal of the season.
Excelsior grew in confidence with their lead. Buchanan could have scored a second after he was sent through cleverly by team-mate Wilson. However, with only the goalkeeper to beat, he fired high over the cross-bar.
Buchanan was extremely happy to score the winning goal.
“Well it’s a great feeling, especially against St George’s College. I am very happy," he said after the game.
He added: “This can be a big year for me, I just need to continue putting in the work and performing. I am looking forward to getting at least 12 goals."
Excelsior's coach, former national captain Shavar Thomas, said his charges came expecting a tough game from St George’s.
“We could have scored more goals but we are happy with three points. We have a confident bunch and we give our guys confidence to go out there and express themselves,” Thomas said.
“We are always disappointed when we don’t win,” St George's coach Neville Bell said but he hastened to add that Excelsior played "a wonderful game.”
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