Sec­ond-round hunt re­sumes to­day

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

THE ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup football com­pe­ti­tion is set to re­sume to­day, fol­low­ing a break be­cause of threat from Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

Con­fir­ma­tion ar­rived from ISSA’s Com­pe­ti­tions As­sis­tant Stephanie Baker.

“The games that were orig­i­nally sched­uled for Mon­day and Tues­day will be played to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day),” Baker told The Gleaner yes­ter­day.

With the bat­tles for spots in the next stage in high gear, there are some in­ter­est­ing match-ups on the card.

A to­tal of 16 teams will ad­vance to the sec­ond stage, in­clud­ing the seven group win­ners and run­ners-up, as well as the two best third-place teams.

St George’s Col­lege will look to con­tinue their im­pres­sive run when they face lowly Tivoli Gar­dens at Winch­ester Park.

The Neville Bell-coached ‘Ge­or­gians’ are highly fan­cied to score a big win against Tivoli. In the re­verse fix­ture, St George’s won 2-0 at the Ed­ward Seaga Sports Com­plex on Septem­ber 15.

A win for reign­ing Man­ning Cup cham­pi­ons Ja­maica Col­lege against Eltham will ce­ment, for the Old Hope Road school, an au­to­matic spot from Group B.

Kingston Col­lege (KC) will seek to main­tain the lead when they tackle Pap­ine High in Group C at the Na­tional Sta­dium. KC are on 19 points, just three ahead of Den­ham Town. KC who have scored 35 goals while con­ced­ing just once in seven games, are highly fan­cied for another win.

Their at­tack­ing play­ers in­clude the com­pe­ti­tion’s top scorer Rashawn Mack­i­son on 14 goals and Trayvon Reid, who has scored six times.

MAX­I­MUM POINTS

Haile Se­lassie will look for their sec­ond win against Jonathan Grant.

In the first con­test, Haile Se­lassie scored a close 3-2 win at Barbican. Now, play­ing away, Haile Se­lassie will hunt max­i­mum points to main­tain the lead in Group D.

Haile Se­lassie are on top with 18 points from seven games, closely fol­lowed by St Cather­ine (17) and Jonathan Grant (16) as the main con­tenders for places in the next stage.

In Group E, Holy Trin­ity face Char­lie Smith in another cru­cial game with both teams locked at the top on 15 points apiece.

Water­ford, who are in third po­si­tion in the group on nine points, must win against Clan Carthy in or­der to stay in con­tention for a sec­ond-stage spot.

High-fly­ing Wolmer’s will top the group with another win against Cam­per­down, who they blanked 3-0 in the re­verse. Wolmer’s lead Group F on max­i­mum 21 points from seven games ahead of Cam­per­down on 13 points.

The Vas­sell Reynolds-coached Wolmer’s have scored 26 goals and are yet to con­cede.

St Jago High will look to move closer to a spot in the sec­ond round with a vic­tory against Hy­del at Span­ish Town Prison Oval play­ing field. The Monk Street-based school lead in Group G on 16 points, ahead of Bridge­port (14) and Hy­del (12) as the main con­tenders. KC’s Rashawn Mack­i­son.

St George’s Col­lege’s Alex Mar­shall.

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