Level peg­ging in Man­ning Group J

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

THE BAT­TLE for the Group J semi-fi­nal spot in the ISSAFLOW Man­ning Cup sec­ond round is go­ing down to the wire fol­low­ing re­sults of matches played yes­ter­day at the Con­stant Spring Com­plex in St An­drew.

In the first game of the dou­ble-header, St An­drew Tech­ni­cal High School (STATHS) and Bridge­port High bat­tled to a 1-1 draw. Napoleon Rochester sent STATHS ahead in the fifth minute but Kyle Ming equalised for Bridge­port in the 88th minute.

In the sec­ond game, Kingston Col­lege (KC) and Char­lie Smith fin­ished 1-1. KC went ahead cour­tesy of a strike by cap­tain Javain Brown in the 42nd minute. That was can­celled by a header from Char­lie Smith’s tow­er­ing de­fender Ro­mario Williams in the 49th minute.

With both re­sults, all four teams in the group are locked on two points apiece as well as hav­ing a sim­i­lar goal dif­fer­ence.

In the group’s first set of games last week Wed­nes­day, KC were held 1-1 by STATHS, and it was the same score­line in the Bridge­port and Char­lie Smith game.

CHANCE TO FIN­ISH

Now, all four teams have a chance to fin­ish on top in the group’s last set of games to be played next week at the same time at dif­fer­ent venues.

Coach of Char­lie Smith, Jerome Waite, said it was a good game from both teams. He also cred­ited his goal­keeper Shamar­ley Clay­ton for keep­ing them in the game.

“It was a good game from the teams. The ‘keeper (Shamar­ley Clay­ton) was out­stand­ing. We will take it one step at a time as we look for­ward to the next game,” Waite told The Gleaner.

KC’s coach Lud­low Bernard said that his team cre­ated enough chances to win the game.

“We got the chances to win the game. Now, it is not to­tally in our own hands but we have all to play for a win in the next game,” Bernard said.

Mean­while, the first game was also an ex­cit­ing af­fair with STATHS tak­ing an early lead and Bridge­port fight­ing back and earn­ing the equaliser with just two min­utes to go in nor­mal time.

TO­DAY’S GAMES

St An­drew Tech­ni­cal’s Napoleon Rochester.

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