KC whip Charlie Smith; St George's College earn point against JC
Jamaica College's Shaniel Thomas moves away from Tahy Hylton of St George's College during their Group B quarter-final round match in the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at the National Stadium on Thursday, October 31. The teams battled to 1-1 draw. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).
Defending champions Kingston College (KC) whipped Charlie Smith High 5-0, while St George’s College and Jamaica College (JC) battled to a 1-1 draw in their opening quarter-final round matches in the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at the National Stadium on Thursday.
In the opening match of the doubleheader, top marksman Dwayne Atkinson set up KC’s big victory with a double strike to take his tally to 13 goals this season. Atkinson handed KC a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute and completed his double in the 42nd minute.
Ronaldo Robinson (39th minute), Tyrese Williams (55th minute) and Demario McCarthy (77th minute) completed the rout for the 15-time champions.
Kingston College's star player Dwayne Atkinson (right) celebrates one his goals with a teammate during their Manning Cup quarter-final round match against Charlie Smith High.
The victory stretched KC’s perfect record to 13 games this season.
The “Purples’ now climbed atop Group A of the quarter-final round courtesy of goal difference ahead of 10-time champions Wolmer’s Boys, which defeated the 1978, 1979 and 1982 champions Camperdown High 3-2 on Wednesday.
Both KC and Wolmer’s Boys are on three points apiece but the “Purples” have a healthy goal difference of plus five compared to the Wolmerians’ plus one.
Camperdown High and Charlie Smith High, the 1988, 1990 and 1995 champions, are without a point in the four-team group.
The Ludlow Bernard-coached team, which defeated North Street neighbours St George's College 3-2 in a dramatic final last year to win urban area biggest schoolboy football prize for the first time in 32 years, is attempting to secure back-to-back titles a feat the school achieved in 1986.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Chantomoi Taylor scored in the 90+2 minutes to earn 22-time champions St George’s College a share of the points in Group B.
The omnipresent striker left a JC’s defender for dead before slotting home to ensure St George’s College stay in contention for a semi-final spot.
JC, the winningest school with 29 Manning Cup titles, had taken the lead in the 60th minute through defender Nickache Murray following a dull first half.
Both JC and St George’s College are on a point, two behind group leaders St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), which hammered Excelsior 4-0 the previous day.
The Manning Cup competition now takes a break over the weekend to facilitate the opening round of the all-island Champions Cup knockout on Friday and Saturday.
The Champions Cup comprises the eight teams that finished as winners and runner-ups in their respective rural area Wata daCosta Cup quarter-final groups along with the eight quarterfinalists from the urban area Digicel Manning Cup competition.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (STADIUM EAST)
Dinthill Technical vs Excelsior High at 4:00 pm
Clarendon College vs Wolmer’s Boys at 6:30 pm
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (CATHERINE HALL COMPLEX)
St Andrew Technical vs Manning’s School at 4:00 pm
Charlie Smith High vs Cornwall College at 6:30 pm
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (ST ELIZABETH TECHNICAL)
Camperdown High vs Frome Technical at 2:00 pm
St. George’s College vs B. B. Coke High at 4:00 pm
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (STADIUM EAST)
McGrath High vs Jamaica College at 4:00 pm
Garvey Maceo High vs Kingston College at 6:30 pm