Lawrence de­liv­ers for Holy Trin­ity Yes­ter­day’s re­sults

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Gleaner Writer

SE­COND-HALF SUB­STI­TUTE Phillon Lawrence came off the bench and in­spired Holy Trin­ity to a 3-1 win over Water­ford with a goal and an as­sist.

The win means Holy Trin­ity avenged their 1-0 first round loss to the St Cather­ine side and lifted the Devon An­der­son-coached team to joint-first with Charlie Smith 12 points, but they are se­cond on goal dif­fer­ence. The de­feat saw Water­ford slip­ping to third with nine points.

Se­cond-half hero, Lawrence, who is usu­ally a starter but was left on the bench be­cause for tac­ti­cal rea­sons, made an im­me­di­ate im­pact min­utes af­ter his in­tro­duc­tion when he latched on the a sub­lime ball from Shai Smith and ham­mered a well struck vol­ley past Ta­fari Cham­bers in goal on 70 min­utes.

But the vis­i­tors were level in the 83rd minute when Richard Coates headed home from close range. How­ever, that par­ity was Phillon Lawrence rushed to his mother, Ar­leen Cook, af­ter scor­ing the first goal for Holy Trin­ity High in their 3-1 win over Water­ford High in the ISSA/FLOW Man­ning Cup clash at the Bell Chung Oval.

short-lived as a minute later, Cham­bers spilled a cor­ner from Jabari How­ell into his own goal.

Then in time added on, Holy Trin­ity sealed the win when Lawrence re­turned the favour for Smith, find­ing his strike part­ner with a su­perb cross field ball, which Smith stabbed home with a side foot vol­ley.

Lawrence told The Gleaner that he knew he wouldn’t start, but knew he had some­thing “great” to of­fer his team on the day.

MAK­ING EV­ERY­ONE PROUD

“I didn’t train yes­ter­day, but I told coach I was go­ing to come out with some­thing great for him and there it is, and the feel­ing

is great, be­cause my mommy is in the stands and the fans are here and I made them proud,” he con­tin­ued.

The 15-year-old Har­bour View for­ward, who was net­ting his se­cond of the sea­son said he didn’t have the best of start to the sea­son, but his team­mates have been a great source of encouragement

and his per­for­mance was his way of pay­ing them back for their sup­port and faith in him

“When I did bad, they didn’t break me down. They lift my spirit and told me to come again. Well, I gave them back some­thing today and I am look­ing for more per­for­mances like this,” he said.

An­der­son said Lawrence Eltham 0 STATHS 1 Greater Port­more 2 Tivoli 1 Tar­rant 0 Ex­cel­sior 4 Holy Trin­ity 3 Water­ford 1 Charlie Smith 5 Mona 0 Nor­man Man­ley vs Den­ham Town Pap­ine vs As­cot Kingston Col­lege vs St Mary’s Col­lege Ar­denne High vs Jonathan Grant Pem­broke Hall vs Haile Se­lassie Mead­ow­brook vs St Cather­ine Kingston Tech­ni­cal vs Dunoon Cam­per­down vs Jose Marti Wolmer’s Boys vs Edith Dal­ton James St Jago vs Cam­pion Col­lege Bridge­port vs Cal­abar Cum­ber­land vs Hy­del (Home teams named first and all games start at 3:30 p.m.)

promised him to do the job and de­liv­ered.

“It was a plan (not to start Lawrence) as he has been start­ing all sea­son, we knew he had one in him and we saved him for crunch time and he de­liv­ered again,” he com­mented.

In the group’s other game Charlie Smith stunned Mona 5-0.

PHO­TOS BY PA­TRICK PLANTER/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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