Jamaica College (JC) are ISSA Digicel Manning Cup Champions for a 30th time after besting favourites St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) via penalties at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday.

JC, who endured their first titleless season in five years in 2018, returned to the top of the urban area pile on Friday after more than just holding STATHS to a 0-0 draw for 90 minutes, then stepping up to the spot to stay perfect from penalties to claim a 5-4 win.

JC had lost on penalties to Kingston College in the ISSA Champions Cup semi-finals but returned to beat the same opponents in the Manning Cup semifinals with five perfect penalties before doing the same in the final.

STATHS have been brilliant this season and topped a Manning Cup semi-final group including JC and St George’s College, winning all three games in impressive fashion, earning the favourites tag in no uncertain terms.

However, JC would end STATHS’ perfect season with their sixth title in seven years and do it in style.

The truth is, JC looked like the team more likely to score throughout the encounter as their backline blunted the normally incisive STATHS attack.

However, Phillon Lawrence, JC’s leading goalscorer, would muff a number of chances for his side to go ahead, including a one-on-one with the goalkeeper where he elected to go through his legs.

The JC ‘keeper brought his legs closer together just in the knick of time to effect a save as early as the fourth minute of play.

That trend would continue throughout but just as STATHS found today difficult for goalscoring, so did JC.

There will be a new champion of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition after Kingston College were ousted by Jamaica College in the semi-final of the competition at the National Stadium in Kingston on Wednesday.

St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) scored an impressive 3-1 victory over St George’s College in their second quarter-final round match, at the Stadium East field on Wednesday, to become the first team to qualify for the 2019 urban area ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup final four.

However, the day truly belonged to striker Warner Brown, who scored twice in 12 minutes to secure one of the biggest victories for STATHS this season after 22-time champions St George’s College had shot into the lead courtesy of a Jaheim Brown goal on the stroke of half-time.

Chantomoi Taylor provided the opportunity for Jaheim Brown’s goal when he played a beautiful ball inside and the striker made no mistake from the edge of the 18-yard box to score his fourth goal of the season and send the St George’s College’s supporters into wild celebration.

Seven minutes after the resumption, Warner Brown scored his first goal to equalise for STATHS in the 51st minute. It was a superb goal as Warner Brown took a ball out of the air, then turned beautifully to leave a defender for dead and rattled the back of the net with a vicious strike.

Shemar Daley made it 2-1 in the 56th minute and Warner Brown completed his double in the 63rd minute after a header from a St George’s College defender fell at his feet just outside the 18-yard box and he powered home.

By virtue of seven-time champions Excelsior High holding 29-time champions Jamaica College (JC) to a surprise 0-0 draw in the first match at the venue, STATHS, the 1987 champions, moved to an unassailable lead in Group H of the quarter-final round with one set of matches remaining.

The quarter-final round comprises two groups of four teams each and the top two teams in each group will contest the semi-finals.

STATHS, which opened the quarter-final round by whipping Excelsior High 4-0 last week, moved to a maximum six points from two games, four clear of JC in second place with two points.

St George’s College are in third place, while Excelsior High are bottom of the table and still with a chance of taking the second semi-final spot from the group.

Both teams are locked on a point, but St George’s College have a better goal difference.

In the final set of games in the group, JC and STATHS will face off in what is expected to be a tough assignment, while St George’s College will play Excelsior High.

A victory for JC over STATHS will eliminate St George’s College and Excelsior High.

St George’s College can only advance to the semi-finals if JC drop points against STATHS and they take all three points against Excelsior High.

On the other hand, Excelsior High will be hoping for victory against St George’s College and JC dropping points against STATHS.

Group G is also interestingly poised going into the final set of quarter-final matches where three of the four teams are still in contention for the two semi-final spots.

Reigning champions Kingston College (KC), which have won the competition 15 times,  are leading the group courtesy of goal difference over 10-time champions Wolmer's Boys. Both teams are on four points from two matches, a point ahead of third-place Camperdown High. Already eliminated Charlie Smith High are bottom of the table without a point.

The Manning Cup competition takes a break to facilitate the first round of the ISSA Walker Cup knockout competition.

The Walker Cup knockout competition comprises the eight losers of the Manning Cup second round.

 

UPCOMING WALKER CUP SCHEDULE

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
St Catherine High vs Holy Trinity High  @ Prison Oval - 1:00 pm
Jonathan Grant High vs Eltham High @ Prison Oval  - 3:00 pm   

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 
St Jago High vs Mona High @ Prison Oval - 1:00 pm
Hydel High vs Vauxhall High @ Prison Oval  - 3:00 pm

 

All matches which end in a draw at the end of regulation time will be decided by a penalty shootout. There will be no extra time.

St George’s College will play against Cornwall College in the quarterfinals of the ISSA Champions Cup after completing the remainder of their rain-affected game against BB Coke High School on Monday.

St George’s, one of the teams looking to become the first to claim a second lien on the title, had come from behind to lead 3-2 against BB Coke on Saturday when persistent rain ended play 10 minutes early.

The Light Blues of North Street were not in such an accommodating mood when the teams met for the final 10 minutes on Monday, banging in a further three goals to end the encounter 6-2 winners.

The Champions Cup quarterfinal draw, held at the offices of SportsMax Ltd on Monday, pulled up some other mouthwatering clashes set for Saturday.

Frome Technical will play against Kingston College, while Clarendon College have to deal with St Andrew Technical High School and in an all-urban affair, Excelsior High School do battle with Jamaica College.

The game between Frome and KC will mark the opening encounter of a double header at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay, beginning at 4pm, while the second game, at 6:30, will be Cornwall and St George’s.

The other two games also form part of a double header with Clarendon College and STATHS facing off at 4pm over by Stadium East, while Excelsior and JC take centrestage at 6:30.

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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