Wolmer's end KC's perfect record; Camperdown eliminate Charlie Smith
Kingston College's Dwane Atkinson (left) watches his teammate Khalifah Richards and Wolmer's Ronaldo Webster fight for possession during their Group G quarter-final round fixture of the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at the Stadium East field on Tuesday, November 5. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).
Defending champions Kingston College (KC) and Wolmer’s Boys battled to a 1-1 draw, while Camperdown High defeated Charlie Smith High 4-0 as quarter-final action continued in Group G of the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at the Stadium East field on Tuesday.
The results mean that three teams - KC, Wolmer’s Boys, and Camperdown High - are in contention for the two semi-final spots from the group heading into the final set of matches, while Jerome Waite-coached Charlie Smith High, the 1988, 1990 and 1995 champions, have been eliminated.
Tajh Reid of Charlie Smith holds off a pair of defenders from Camperdown High during their Manning Cup quarter-final round match.
Fifteen-time champions KC and Wolmer’s Boys, which have won the competition on 10 occasions, are locked on four points from two matches but the defending champions are leading the group courtesy of a goal difference of plus five compared to the Wolmerians' plus one.
Camperdown High, which bounced back from their 3-2 defeat against Wolmer’s Boys in the opening set of matches last Wednesday, moved to third place with three points.
Charlie Smith High are at the bottom of the four-team group without a point from their two games as they went down 5-0 to KC last Thursday.
In the curtain-raiser at the Stadium East, Shaqueil Bradford scored a hat-trick to lead Camperdown High to their 4-0 demolition of Charlie Smith High.
Camperdown High, the 1978, 1979 and 1982 champions, took control of the match from the first half, which produced two of the four goals. During that period Camperdown High had 10 shots on target compared to Charlie Smith High's two.
Shawn Daley opened the floodgates in the 27th minute and Bradford doubled the lead on the stroke of half time.
Bradford added his second goal in the 67th minute and completed the hat trick in the 83rd minute during a period where Charlie Smith High failed to produce a shot on target.
In the second game, KC took a well-deserved lead in the 17th minute through leading striker Dwayne Atkinson and then missed numerous scoring opportunities and allowed Wolmer’s back into the game.
The first half truly belonged to KC, but Wolmer's Boys put up a better resistance in the second period.
Talisman Ronaldo Webster, formerly of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), responded for Wolmer’s in the 73rd minute with his 17th goal of the season.
KC's goal was produced from a set-piece where Luis Watson's powerful 25-yard free-kick was pushed by goalkeeper Denzel Smith into the path of Atkinson on the edge of the six-yard box, and he calmly slotted home.
The result kept KC’s undefeated record intact but ruined their perfect record. The Purples entered the day with a perfect record of 14 victories in all competitions this season and dropped their first points in the team's 15th match.
Webster’s goal, which came after he outjumped the defenders to head home, was only the third conceded by KC so far this season.
In the final set of quarter-final matches, KC and Camperdown High will face off in what is expected to be a tough game, while Wolmer's Boys have an easier battle against out-of-contention Charlie Smith High.
The competition continues Wednesday with a Group H double-header at the Stadium East field. In the opening game, Jamaica College (JC) play Excelsior High at 2:00 pm followed by St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) against last season's beaten finalists St George's College at 4:00 pm.
STATHS lead the group with three points courtesy of their 4-0 victory over Excelsior High in the first round of matches. The Spanish Town-based school is two clear of St George's College and JC, which are locked on a point each after they battled to a 1-1 draw in the first round. Excelsior are bottom of the table without a point.
WEDNESDAY'S MATCHES (QUARTER-FINALS - GROUP H)
Jamaica College vs Excelsior High at 2:00 pm - Stadium East
STATHS vs St George's College at 4:00 - Stadium East