Second-round hunt resumes today
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.
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.