Tuesday 20 November, 2018

MANNING CUP ROUND UP: JC held by Hydel; Charlie secure big victory

Charlie Smith High (yellow and white) and Meadowbrook High in action on the opening day of the 2018 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup schoolboy football competition at Chanchery Street, Meadowbrook on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Charlie Smith High (yellow and white) and Meadowbrook High in action on the opening day of the 2018 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup schoolboy football competition at Chanchery Street, Meadowbrook on Saturday, September 8, 2018. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Defending champions Jamaica College (JC) had a shaky start on the opening day of the 2018 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hydel at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday.

Javain Thompson handed JC the lead in the 48th minute but Kemar Reid scored in the 89th minute to earn Hydel a point. 

JC are searching for six straight titles but will do so without coach Miguel Coley, who led them to five straight titles. Andrew Peart is the man at the helm now.

Over in Kingston, Charlie Smith High assistant coach, Eugene Williams, said the playing surface at the Chancery Street field at Meadowbrook denied his team from playing its natural game.

Charlie Smith defeated home team Meadowbrook High 4-1 but despite the margin of victory, Williams knocked the playing surface.

Williams said, "the first match, the most important thing is to win. That is what counts. We will have two days to recover to play our second game, which will be on a much better surface and it will be a much better performance at home.

"We couldn't put the ball down and knock it around as how we wanted to do."

Meadowbrook's coach Neo Oxford, said his team is undergoing a rebuilding process.

He pointed out that eight players made their Manning Cup debuts on the day.

Oxford said, "we had them 2-1 for a long time so it does show that we are able to compete, but there is a part in football where the mental aspect has to take full control and I think we just lost that."

The 4-1 margin of victory sees Charlie Smith shooting to the top of Group C on goal difference over Camperdown High and Norman Manley.

Camperdown travelled to Eltham and tagged them 1-0, while Norman Manley also took to the road at Jonathan Grant and secured an identical result.

Meanwhile, in Group G, both Holy Trinity and Wolmer's Boys scored 1-0 victories over Waterford High and Jose Marti Technical respectively to be joint leaders of the group. 

The competition will continue on Monday.

DIGICEL MANNING CUP RESULTS

GROUP C
Meadowbrook 1 Charlie Smith 4
Jonathan Grant 0 Norman Manley 1
Eltham 1 Camperdown 1

GROUP D
JC 1  Hydel 1 

GROUP G
Jose Marti 0 Wolmer's 1
Waterford 0 Holy Trinity 1

MONDAY'S SCHEDULE

GROUP A
STATHS vs Papine
Cedar Grove vs St George's
Cumberland vs Tarrant

GROUP B
KC vs Dunoon Park
Calabar vs Mona
Ardenne vs Clan Carthy

GROUP D
St Jago vs Denham Town
Greater Portmore vs Bridgeport
Innswood vs Tivoli

GROUP E
Excelsior vs Oberlin
St Catherine vs St Mary's College
Haile Selassie vs Penwood

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