Top seed Kingston College (KC) secured a perfect start to the second round of the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition with a 3-1 victory over Vauxhall High in the first leg of the two-way knockout fixture at the Stadium East field on Wednesday.

KC had to come from behind for the victory after Kemar Britton put 16th-seed Vauxhall High ahead in the 17th minute courtesy of a nicely placed freekick just outside the 18-yard box.

The host held the lead stubbornly to the break, but a mistake five minutes after the interval handed KC the equaliser.

Javon Shepherd scored an own goal in an attempt to heads out a ball from inside the 18-yard box, but the placement was well off and the effort lodged over goalkeeper Stephen Brightly's head at the far post. The goal came seconds after Brightly had pushed a powerful shot from KC’s leading marksman Dwayne Atkinson onto the left upright.

KC took control after the equaliser and pulled away for a comfortable victory through strikes from Ronaldo Morrison in the 71st minute, his first goal of the season, and Atkinson, who scored his 12th goal, in the 74th minute.

KC were conceding just their second goal of the season. The Ludlow Bernard-coach team conceded its first goal on September 26 in a 5-1 victory over Dunoon Park Technical at Breezy Castle in the first round where the school won all 10 matches played.

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 second match at the Stadium East field, 13th-seed Holy Trinity High and fourth-seed Camperdown High battled to a 0-0 draw in their first leg tie.

Over at Prison Oval in Spanish Town, third-seed St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), conceded their first goals of the season in a 2-2 draw with 14th-seed Eltham High, while eighth-seed Wolmer's Boys defeated ninth-seed St Catherine 1-0.

The second round of the competition is comprised of 16 teams for eight match-ups. Teams will play home and away knockout games. The eight winners will advance to the Manning Cup quarter-finals and the eight losers to the Walker Cup knockout first round.

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS
Vauxhall High 1 KC 3
Holy Trinity High 0 Camperdown High 0
Eltham High 2 STATHS 2
St Catherine 0 Wolmer's Boys 1

THURSDAY'S MATCHES
St Jago vs Charlie Smith at Prison Oval - 1:00 pm
Hydel vs Jamaica College at Prison Oval - 3:00 pm
Mona vs St George's College at Stadium East - 2:00 pm
Excelsior vs Jonathan Grant at Stadium East - 4:00 pm

St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and Wolmer’s Boys secured victories on the opening day of quarter-final action in the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at the National Stadium on Wednesday.

A brace from Shemar Daley (60th and 77th minutes) led STATHS, the 1987 champions, to an impressive 4-0 victory over seven-time champions Excelsior High in the first game of the doubleheader.

Warner Brown (10th minute) and substitute Rushean McFarquhar (62nd minute) scored the other goals for STATHS as the Spanish Town road-based school claimed the early lead in Group B of the quarter-final round.

Ten-time champions Wolmer’s Boys received a scare after going two goals up but held on for a 3-2 victory over Camperdown High to take the lead in Group A.

Ronaldo Webster (21st minute) and Revaldo Mitchell (25th minute) had put Wolmer’s 2-0 up in the space of four minutes, but Camperdown High, the 1978, 1979 and 1982 champions roared back through Shaqueil Bradford (60th minute) and Tivelle Edwards (63rd minute) to tie the game at 2-2. However, Mitchell found the back of the net for the second time with a 78th-minute strike to give Wolmer’s Boys all three points.

The quarter-final round continues on Thursday at the same venue with the other four teams in action.

Defending champions Kingston College (KC) and Charlie Smith High will face off in the other Group A fixture at 2:00 pm, while Jamaica College (JC) will meet last season’s beaten finalists St George’s College in the other Group B game at 4:00 pm.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
STATHS 4, Excelsior 0
Wolmer's Boys 3, Camperdown 2

THURSDAY’S GAMES
Charlie Smith vs Kingston College at National Stadium - 2:00 pm
St George's College vs Jamaica College at National Stadium - 4:00 pm

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