Well, the young Georgians again got the better of Kingston College in the main Manning Cup bout this afternoon and earned the respect of the fair size crowd that watched the game.
KC came out on top in the final analysis.
The results were as follows:
U 14 - KC(3) vs STGC(0)
U 16 - KC(2) vs STGC(1)
U 35 – KC(5) vs STGC(0)
O 35 – KC(0) vs STGC(1)
Manning Cup- KC(1) vs STGC(2)
In the feature game the STGC team came out looking confident from the start. Both sides settled down early but it was the Georgians that drew first blood when the pacey Jamali Pusey dribbled down the right flank, beating his marker to find himself with the wide open goal. He easily slotted home the goal.
The Georgians continued to match their more touted opponents stride for stride but later down in the half, a big mix up in our defense allowed the KC striker to get hold of a wayward ball. He scored from close range.
At this point, the Purples took charge of proceedings and made a number of threatening attacks on the Light Blues goal. Poor shooting from the Purples and tough, sometimes desperate defending kept the score level.
In the second half, the Georgians again took charge and looked very threatening in attack. Akeem Robotham got a glorious close range chance but was denied by the keeper. KC, mindful of their favorite status tried to assert themselves but found this difficult as the Georgians looked very dangerous moving forward.
The deadlock would be broken midway in the second half when Akeem Robotham got hold for a loose ball from the KC defense. With the KC goalkeeper hopelessly out of position, Akeem cleverly lobbed the ball over the head of the keeper from outside the penalty area to score.
Akeem about to lob and score...
With fifteen minutes to go, KC now went into full throttle but the Light Blues weren’t going to give up the lead so easily. We continued to look very threatening on the counter and defended well when KC came forward. At this point, the game swung from end to end.
And so, the feeling is that the young Georgians are showing they could be in the leading pack; no big brand name players but a group of young talent ready to be molded into an effective unit.
Again, early days yet but we look on with intriguing interest.