All-Manning XI Beat St. Mary's 2-0

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Jamaica Gleaner


ALL MANNING ..................... 2 (Walker, Sproul)
ST. MARY'S ......................... 0

JAMAICAN schoolboy soccer was seen in all its brilliance last night, when the All Manning team gave an encouraging display in defeating the visiting St. Mary's College team from Trinidad 2-0 at Sabina Park.

It was the Trinidadians' first defeat in two starts; they beat Manning Cup champions, Kingston College, 3-0 on Friday night last.

Last night's victory was also a triumph for coach Paul Chevannes and underlined the fact that with organised training for even a short period, our football could improve immensely.

The Trinidadians were not outclassed by any means. Their shooting was not up to Friday's standard and this was probably the reason why the score was not closer.

The visitors made one change. Ernest DeCoteau coming in at right half for injured left winger Ralph Horton. Right half William Browne moved down to inside right while Rowley Forde was shifted to the left wing from his inner right position.


Both teams started out with an attractive brand of soccer, the Jamaicans going upfield playing the short-passing game and the Trinidadians relying on long passes.

The visitors made the first break after two minutes: centre forward "Chippie" Mahon moved across to the left wing position and screwed a shot with which Michael King fumbled. Bernard cleared however.

The All-Manning team who strange enough were playing like a team that had practised together, for a long time, should have scored in the seventh minute. Right winger DaCosta hesitated for no apparent reason, and thus nullified the movement.

Inside right, Neville McCook, took two good shot immediately after either of which could have scored. One foiled a defender and the other was saved by keeper Boldon.

For the remainder of the half both teams continued to play good football, sharing the chances evenly, but failing to register.

The Manning defence in particular, presented the visitors with a steel-like barrier and forced them to take tame shots form far out.

It was nil-all at half time.

The Jamaicans held the spotlight for the first 15 minutes after the interval, with sterling defence play and good understanding among the forwards, who found the openings, but were just not able to score.

Left half Roy Lee and inside left, Winston Walker, were performing the job of architects for their respective lines.

A really lovely movement brought the Manning team their first goal.


Inside right Neville McCook started the movement in midfield, weaved his way through the opposing defence and passed to centreman Ricky Blissett. Blissett passed to DaCosta who spotted McCook to his left and sent the ball acorss for the KC player to slam across the goal mouth for inside left Winston Walker to seal the issue with a powerful shot from point-blank range.

After this set-back the visitors pressed hard, but found much to their chagrin, that King was is brilliant form.

Their shooting was also very badly off.

King brought off three great saves in quick succession.

That performance inspired his team-mates, and the defence held tight as the forwards strove anew to increase the lead.

The 58th minute brought a thrilling climax to a good game. DaCosta raced in from his wing position to intercept a stray ball; he faked two defenders and tapped across for Blissett to send the ball racing to left winger Noel Sproul. Utilising the momentum of his speedy approach, Sproul slammed a right-footer past Boldon. That was the end and the All-Manning team had won a well contested game.

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MEMBERS of the victorious All-Manning team are: Back Row (LR), Becky Clarke, Walter Campbell, Merrick Miller (Capt.), Milton Bernard, Roy Lee. Middle Row (L-R), Derrick DaCosta, Neville McCook, Ricardo Blissett, Winston Walker, Noel Sproul. In front is Michael King.