FROME, Westmoreland — Mannings continued their fairytale run in the ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel daCosta Cup schoolboy football competition after beating former champions Garvey Maceo, 2-1, in their opening quarter-final round game at Frome Sports Club yesterday.
Former National Under-17 player Melvin Blair was instrumental in both goals, scoring the directly from a corner in the 49th, while Dave Stone headed in a Blair corner in the 61st minute.
Ismael Curry scored for Garvey Maceo in the first minute of second-half added time. This was the first Mannings were conceding in four matches since the start of the Inter-zone.
Meanwhile, three matches will be played today. Ben Francis KO champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) host Cedric Titus at Santa Cruz, Frome Technical face Manchester High at Frome and Glenmuir and Bog Walk meet at Brancourt.
Last year, STETHS beat Cedric Titus, 3-0, at this juncture and will be confident after coming back from two goals down to beat Grange Hill in the KO final on Saturday.
Frome will hope playing closer to home than Manchester will give them an edge, while Glenmuir, a semi-finalist last year, will hope for a wining start.
Yesterday, the Aaron Lawrence-coached Mannings dominated but were unlucky to end the first half 0-0. They, however, put themselves in line for their first semi-final appearance in six years.
Mannings wasted little time in taking the lead in the second half when Blair curled a corner kick past goalkeeper Rajay Robinson and into the far corner. Twelve minutes later, another corner from the same side got past the Garvey Maceo defence for Stone to head powerfully into the roof of the goal.
Mannings 2 Garvey Maceo 0
STETHS vs Cedric Titus @ STETHS
Frome Tech vs Manchester @ Frome
Glenmuir vs Bog Walk @ Brancourt