Monday 18 March, 2019

Manning Cup: North Street battle ends in 0-0 draw

Kingston College's goalkeeper Chadeen Rodriques makes a save during their ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup Group H quarter-final match against St George's College at the Stadium East field on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Kingston College's goalkeeper Chadeen Rodriques makes a save during their ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup Group H quarter-final match against St George's College at the Stadium East field on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Kingston College (KC) and St George's College played to a 0-0 draw in the famous North Street battle on the opening day of quarter-final action in the 2018 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup on Wednesday.
 
The game was the second match of a Group H double-header at the Stadium East field, as earlier Camperdown High defeated Charlie Smith High 3-2 to take the early lead in the four-team group.
 

North Street battle

 
The stands at the Stadium East field overflowed its capacity as fans came out to witness the two traditional rivals - KC and St George's College.
 
In the early stages of the first half, St George's College held the upper hand, but KC gradually came into their own. But although KC found their rhythm it didn't prevent St George's College from holding a territorial edge as well as the advantage in ball possession.
 
St George's College once again started the second half in the ascendancy and pressed KC in their defensive third, although not being able to create any clear-cut opportunities.
 
Towards the middle of the half, St George's College went close to break the deadlock when Nathaniel Campbell fired on the volley from a right side free-kick that had KC's goalkeeper Chadeen Rodriques going full stretch to parry for a corner.
 
Once again, KC gradually started to progress into the St George's half as the match went on, but this was eventually neutralised by St George's, which wrested the initiative close to the end of the match.
 
The result shattered the perfect win record of KC, which are trying to win their 15ht Manning Cup title and the first since 1986.
 
KC came into the match as the only team with a perfect record. The Ludlow Bernard coached-team had won 12 straight games during which they scored 61 goals and only conceded three.
 
Over in Group G, Holy Trinity High defeated 10-time champions Wolmer's Boys 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at Calabar High to take the early lead in the group.
 
In the second game, five-time defending champions Jamaica College (JC) and last season's beaten finalists St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) battled to a 0-0 draw.
 
At the end of the quarter-final round, the top two schools from each group will contest the semi-finals.
 
The next set of quarter-final matches will take place on Saturday.

 

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

GROUP G
Wolmer's 1 Holy Trinity 2
STATHS 0 JC 0

GROUP H
Camperdown 3 Charlie Smith 2
KC 0 St George's College 0

SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE

GROUP G
JC vs Wolmer's Boys at Stadium East - 1:00 pm                       
Holy Trinity vs STATHS at Stadium East at 3:00 pm

GROUP H
Charlie Smith vs KC at Calabar High - 1:00 pm
St. George's vs Camperdown  at Calabar High at  3:00 pm         

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