Digicel Manning Cup: KC travel to top group rival Mona
Kingston College's Ari Rodgers dribbles the ball during the school's earlier encounter against Dunoon.
Title favourites Kingston College (KC) will face their sternest test so far in this season’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup schoolboy football competition on Monday when they travel to Mona High for a top-of-the-table Group B clash.
Both KC and Mona have won their first four matches, to be on maximum 12 points, with one or both set to lose their perfect record at the end of the clash.
While both have defeated the other four opponents in the group, KC have dismissed their rivals in more convincing manner, with Mona just narrowly winning all their four matches.
Both are, however, some distance away from the other teams in the group, as third place Calabar only have six points.
With scores of 8-0 over Dunoon, 5-0 over Clan Carthy, 4-0 over Calabar and 11-0 over Ardenne, KC have a massive goal difference of 28, while Mona - 1-0 over Calabar; 2-1 over Ardenne; 1-0 over Clan Carthy and 2-0 over Dunoon - have a goal difference of five.
The ‘Purples’ normally take a little while to get going, but once they warm, they are a very organized bunch who are slick on the ball and have great off-the-ball movements with players effectively running into spaces to give options to the passers.
Despite the closeness in the standing, KC are expected to get the better of Mona, who have shown improvement over the last few seasons to be at a stage now where they are contending to be one of the two automatic teams from the group to advance to the next stage of the competition.
Meanwhile, another keen contest should be that between Group E leaders St Catherine High and third-placed Haile Selassie.
St Catherine are numbered in the four teams that have perfect records, as they lead the group on maximum nine points from their three outings. They lead the group on goal difference over second-placed Excelsior, who have played one more match, with Haile Selassie third on four points from three matches.
Excelsior, who travel to Above Rocks to take on St Mary’s College, will be looking to seize on any missed opportunity by St Catherine. Excelsior will retake the lead of the group if they win and St Catherine falter against Haile Selassie, who can be a difficult opponent.
MONDAY’S SCHEDULE (All matches start at 3:30 pm)
Tarrant vs Papine at Tarrant
Cumberland vs Cedar Grove at Cumberland
Clan Carthy vs Dunoon at Franklin Town Sports Complex
Mona vs Kingston College at Mona
Ardenne vs Calabar at Ardenne
Bridgeport vs St Jago at Dunbeholden
Innswood vs Greater Portmore at Chedwin Park
Tivoli vs Denham Town at Tivoli High
Penwood vs Oberlin at Cling Cling Oval
St Mary’s College vs Excelsior at Above Rocks
Haile Selassie vs St Catherine at Haile Selassie
Vauxhall vs Hydel at Vauxhall
Kingston High vs Jamaica College at Kingston High
Campion College vs Kingston Technical at Campion