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November 14, 2012
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Manning's turn back Garvey Maceo

Paul Clarke, STAR Writer

Western Bureau:

The Manning's School continue to chalk up surprises in the latter stages of the 2012 ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel daCosta Cup.

Yesterday, they produced a dominant display to beat the highly-rated Garvey Maceo High 2-1 in a Group A quarter-final encounter at the Frome Sports Complex yesterday.

Goals from captain Melvin Blair and Dave Stone pushed Mannings to what in the end was a comfortable victory. Ishmael Currie was on target for Garvey Maceo. From the opening whistle it was clear that Manning's wanted more after racking up inter-zone wins against dethroned champions Rusea's and William Knibb when Blair drilled a well rehearsed free kick against the upright.

In the 23rd minute a fluid attacking play from Manning's Tevin Daley in an advantageous position but his mistimed kick was easily handled by the Garvey Maceo keeper. That move sparked more life into Manning's attacks and it was just a matter of time before they took the lead.

corner kick

That lead came in the 50th minute when Manning's pushed forward and were awarded a corner kick. Blair spotted the ball before launching it goalward and the ball drifted into the net to the consternation of the Garvey Maceo keeper Rojay Robinson.

Their second also came from a set piece. Blair again lifted a corner kick into the area in the 61st minute for Stone to head home to give Manning's a 2-0 lead. That lead was eventually cut in half by the burly Currie, who outmuscled two defenders before smacking the ball into the back of the net, but it was a little too late.

"I thought Garvey Maceo gave us plenty of space in midfield and we were able to build our attacks and could have won by a wider margin, but a win is a win and we are happy," reasoned Aaron Lawrence, the Manning's coach.

"We are building towards the ultimate, which is the final, and this win is an important part of the plan. Next we turn our attention to our next game on Saturday with the same expectation. Hopefully, we can put away all our chances in that one," Lawrence added.

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