Draws leave group J wide open
Jamaica College’s Norman Campbell (centre) and Denham Town’s Kevonie Howell (left) challenge for the ball during the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football match at Constant Spring Complex.
GROUP J of this year’s Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA/FLOW) Manning Cup football competition remains a wide open affair, with each team earning a sole point in yesterday’s double-header at Constant Spring Complex, courtesy of testy 1-1 draws between Kingston College (KC) and St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), and Bridgeport High and Charlie Smith High.
The feature game, which saw the highly touted Kingston College (KC) line up against a determined STATHS, ended 1-1.
It got under way at 1 p.m., and STATHS showed no fear for the highly touted KC, going ahead from a Trimain Shaw Kingston College 1 STATHS 1 Charlie Smith 1 Bridgeport 1 Haile Selassie vs St George’s College at 1 p.m. Wolmer’s Boys vs St Catherine High at 3 p.m. Both matches wll be played at the Constant Spring Complex.
However, Ludlow Bernard, the coach of KC, said: “It’s not a bad result, if we get seven points we will still get to the semi-finals.”
Alrick Clarke, STATHS’ coach, felt his team should have won the game.
“I am not happy with the result. I have scouted the KC team and felt we got enough chances in the game to beat them,” he said.
In the feature game, Kemar James scored for Charlie Smith, while Kyle Ming netted a penalty for Bridgeport to tie the match and ensure an equal share of the points.
Charlie Smith’s coach, Jerome Waite, said the concentration level of his team fell, which resulted in the penalty.
“We didn’t press that ball and it resulted in a penalty. But that’s part of the game and these youngsters still have a lot to learn,” said Waite.
Bridgeport’s coach, Garnett Lawrence, said his team showed determination.
“We dug really deep, and I give thanks for that. I liked the game today, I liked the intensity today and I think we are getting to where we want to be,” he pointed out.