Munro bat­tle to se­cure draw

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: MUNRO COL­LEGE warmed up for Satur­day’s ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup derby foot­ball match against ri­vals and de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School (STETHS), with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Mag­gotty High at Ap­ple­ton Sports Com­plex yes­ter­day.

The match, which had its kick-off last Thurs­day, was aban­doned be­cause of rain and per­sis­tent light­ning strikes with 30 min­utes played and Mag­gotty hold­ing a 1-0 lead af­ter San­drae Facey scored in the 30th minute.

Yes­ter­day’s match was a short­ened ver­sion for some sup­port­ers who turned up to watch the con­tin­u­a­tion.

When play re­sumed, it ap­peared that Mag­gotty were ready to log their first win of the sea­son. They were dom­i­nant in the re­main­ing 15 min­utes of the first half, with Facey in par­tic­u­lar prov­ing a dan­ger once more to the Munro de­fence.

But Munro per­sisted and could have eas­ily won the game had they been a lot more clin­i­cal in the fi­nal third.

In fact, were it not for a de­fender’s mis­take – in chop­ping down Munro skip­per Ti­mar Lewis in­side the box, as

Munro Col­lege for­ward Rasc­hand Buchanan (left) the for­ward bore down on goal –

drib­bles away from Mag­gotty High’s Den­nrel Cole they could have been cel­e­brat­ing

dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Zone H ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup only their first three points of

foot­ball match at Ap­ple­ton Sports Com­plex. The game the sea­son.

ended 1-1. Lewis got up to side-foot a penalty to the left of De­lano Lewis in goal for Mag­gotty in the 78th minute, rob­bing the hosts of the chance of vic­tory.

“I think poor de­ci­sion mak­ing around the back and in at­tack made us look real or­di­nary at times to­day,” said Lance Mor­gan, Munro’s coach.

“All we needed was just to be more com­posed in at­tack, but over­all I think we man­aged well, al­though we should have won the game.”

He said the game was a hard one and that it sets them up well for the derby prepa­ra­tions against STETHS.

“We will take this and go into prepa­ra­tions for Satur­day’s big game. We need to win that one, so Mag­gotty Knock­alva Newell Be­lair BB Coke York Cas­tle Ocho Rios Foga Road 1 1 4 2 0 1 0 2

we are go­ing put in some work for it,” Mor­gan told The Gleaner.

Munro moved to six points from four matches, while Mag­gotty re­main without a vic­tory, but now have two points from their four matches.

PHOTO BY PAUL CLARKE

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