Five-subs rule helps Bridgeport

October 10, 2016

Bridgeport High School stretched its lead in group G of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Flow Manning Cup with a 2-0 win over St Jago High School on Friday, and coach Garnet Lawrence said the new rule allowing five substitutes per team helped his team survive a tough week.

"Overall, we dug deep coming from two games in three days," he said.

"We really dug deep," he emphasised.

He added that the new substitution provision helped Bridgeport.

"Our squad is deep and one of the things that we did in the Cumberland game, as we were leading 2-0, we started taking off players. We thank God for the five changes. It worked this time for us," he said.

Glen Laing, St Jago's coach, didn't blame the hard surface. "They showed that they wanted to go to the FLOW Super Cup more than our team."

Noting that Bridgeport had now beaten his team twice this season, he analysed, "They are better than us this season."

Bridgeport now have 20 points, four more than St Jago on 16. Laing said St Jago is still focused on reaching the next round of the Manning Cup.

"We have two matches to go and we're trying our best to make it", he resolved.

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