‘Don’t take us lightly!’ – XLCR buoyed after spoiling St Catherine’s party

first_img – Excelsior 2 – 1 St. Catherine – Campion 0 – 6 Jamaica College – Cumberland 0 – 1 STATHS – St George’s College 3 – 0 Papine – Kingston College 2 – 0 Calabar – Tivoli 0 – 1 Innswood Yesterday’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup Results: Anthony Patrick, coach of St Catherine High School’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup team, knew a bevy of schools would be gunning for their heads because of their strong start to the competition and as such made adjustments defensively to stave off the attacks. However, Excelsior High School breached their back-line twice to end their dream start to season yesterday after a 2-1 win at their Courtney Walsh Oval home on Mountain View Avenue. St Catherine came into the contest unblemished, having scored 36 goals without conceding. Their record thrust them into spotlight as one of the schools that could make a deep run in the competition this year, but Patrick believes his side needs to plug the holes in their defence in order for that to happen. “We have to make some adjustments defensively. We knew all season that we were having some problems defensively and we tried to correct it, but we have to do better,” Patrick said. “We have two centre-backs who are six footers and they made some five footers get around them today.” He continued: “We knew Excelsior were going to come like this. The first game we beat them 2-0 at home. We got a little bit carried away today (yesterday) but we still have a lot of confidence and when you look at the changes that we made today you could see the difference.” Rohan Beadle put Excelsior in front in the 35th minute when he struck the ball over the head of the St Catherine custodian, who was caught off his line and when Damorney Hutchinson headed home in the 62nd minute to double their lead, it sent students and supporters the Mountain View-based institution into delirium. John-Christoff Pringle threatened a comeback for St Catherine in the 73rd minute, when he fired home a rebound, but Excelsior’s constant press suggested that it would be hard for them to get back. Patrick, who led Bridgeport High School to Manning Cup titles in 2001 and 2006, believes his side still has what it takes to go all the way. “We know that we have the team to go all the way and as I said, once we make the adjustments then we should be tough to beat,” Patrick said. Excelsior’s coach, Daniel Riley, said the victory should serve as a warning to those who are not taking his team’s title hunt seriously. “We are going after it so if you don’t want to take us serious we will just continue to score and beat teams,” Riley said. The result means that both teams are locked on 18 points but St Catherine lead the group on goal difference. Adjustments neededlast_img