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KC, St George's College among 6 teams in Manning Cup quarter-finals

By Sports Desk October 26, 2019
Hydel High's goalkeeper Shaquan Davis pulls off a save as Jamaica College's Shaniel Thomas jumps out of the way during their second-round return leg fixture of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at the Stadium East field on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Hydel High's goalkeeper Shaquan Davis pulls off a save as Jamaica College's Shaniel Thomas jumps out of the way during their second-round return leg fixture of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at the Stadium East field on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Marlon Reid

Defending champions Kingston College (KC) and the team they defeated in the final last season, St George’s College, are among six teams that have secured quarter-final spots in the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition.

Accompanying KC and St George’s College into the quarter-finals are Camperdown High, Wolmer’s Boys, Excelsior High and St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS).

The six schools confirmed their spots following the playing of second-round return leg ties on Saturday.

Two other quarter-final spots are outstanding although the return legs of those games were completed on the day. The four schools in the hunt for those additional two spots – Jamaica College (JC), Hydel High, Charlie Smith High, and St Jago High - had their first leg ties ruined on Thursday because of rain. However, JC and Charlie Smith High are in the driver’s seat for the two outstanding spots after securing victories in their second leg ties.

JC, the winningest school in the competition with 29 titles, carved out a 2-0 victory over Hydel High in their designated home game in the first match of a doubleheader at the Stadium East field, while Charlie Smith, the 1988, 1990 and 1995 champions, defeated St Jago High by an identical scoreline in the second game.

Meanwhile, top seed KC completed their second round two-way tie against 16th-seed Vauxhall High with a 3-0 victory in the second match of a doubleheader at Winchester Park to advance 6-1 on aggregate. KC had won the first leg 3-1 at the Stadium East field, the designated home game for Vauxhall High, on Wednesday.

On Saturday, Tyrese Williams scored a brace in the 26th and 50th minutes to set up victory for Ludlow Bernard-coached KC. Ajay Stewart completed the scoring with a 90th-minute strike.

North Street-based KC are searching for back-to-back Manning Cup titles after defeating neighbours St George's College 3-2 in a dramatic finale, at the National Stadium last year to win urban area biggest schoolboy football prize for the first time in 32 years.

In the first match at Winchester Park, Wolmer’s Boys defeated St Catherine High 2-1 for an aggregate score of 3-1. The 10-time champions had won the first leg encounter 1-0.

Former St Elizabeth Technical High School star Ronaldo Webster handed Wolmer's Boys the victory on Saturday with a double strike (15th and 56th minutes) after Ian Cupee scored from the penalty spot in the third minute to give St Catherine High an early lead. Dwayne Allen had handled the ball which led to the penalty.

St George’s College, the number two ranked team, confirmed their quarter-final spot following come-from-behind  2-2 draw against Mona High, the number 15 ranked side, in the second match of a doubleheader at Prison Oval in Spanish Town to take the two-leg tie 4-3 aggregate. Twenty-two time champions St George’s College had scored a hard-fought 2-1 victory in the first leg fixture on Thursday at the Stadium East field.

Seventh-ranked Jonathan Grant High defeated 10th-ranked Excelsior 2-1 in the first match at Prison Oval but lost the two-way fixture 4-2 on aggregate. Seven-time champions Excelsior had won the first leg tie 3-0 on Thursday at the Stadium East field, their designated home venue.

SATURDAY'S RESULTS (RETURN LEG FIXTURES)
Camperdown High 3 Holy Trinity High  1 (Camperdown advanced 3-1 on aggregate)
STATHS  2 Eltham High 1 (STATHS advanced 4-3 on aggregate)
Jamaica College 2 Hydel High 0  (FIRST LEG OUTSTANDING)
Charlie Smith High 2 St Jago High 0 (FIRST LEG OUTSTANDING)
Wolmer’s Boys 2 St Catherine High 1 (Wolmer’s won 3-1 on aggregate)
Kingston College  3  Vauxhall High 0 (KC won 6-1 on aggregate)
Jonathan Grant High 2 Excelsior High 1 (Excelsior won 4-2 on aggregate)
St George’s College 2 Mona High 2 (St George’s College won 4-3 on aggregate)

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