Simpson clean as a whistle
TIVOLI Gardens High Manning Cup goalkeeper Khiel Simpson is having a great time between the sticks with four clean sheets in as many games in Group A of the preliminary stage.
In results so far, Simpson saw Tivoli through a 4-0 blanking of Kingston High on September 9; 3-0 over Pembroke Hall High on September 12; followed by a 3-0 victory against Innswood on September 15 and a 0-0 draw against group favourites Wolmer's Boys in a top clash last Monday.
In their last fixture, the point earned pushed Tivoli to 10, the same as Wolmer's.
Simpson, in his first year of Manning Cup, made some fine saves to deny Wolmer's and showed good composure. He also showed awareness in marshalling his troops.
The 17-year-old custodian said he follows instructions given by coach Tommy Ricketts before each game.
"I just follow the coach's instructions and constantly talk to the back line. In organising the defensive line, it makes my job easier," Simpson pointed out after the 0-0 draw against Wolmer's at Tivoli High field.
Keeping clean sheets
"The aim is to continue keeping clean sheets, and if the attackers do their job by scoring, we could win the Manning Cup and Super Cup. That is the team's aim for the season," the fifth-form student said.
"We started out training in the summer, and coach is always telling us to go out there and enjoy the game. We are doing that. The first goal is to go through from the group to the next stage and also qualify for the Super Cup," Simpson said.
Simpson will look for another shutout when Tivoli Gardens next play away to Haile Selassie High on Saturday, starting at 3:30 p.m.