Draws leave group J wide open

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

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.

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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.

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