Manning Cup second round kicks off today

Senior Staff reporter

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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The long-awaited, much-anticipated two-legged second-round knockout of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Digicel Manning Cup football competition kicks off today with four games across two venues.

In the double-header at Spanish Town Prison Oval, second seed Kingston College (KC) take on 15th seed Cumberland High at 1:00 pm, before fourth seed Holy Trinity play 13th seed St Jago at 3:00 pm.

At Stadium East field at 1:00 pm, eighth-ranked Wolmer's Boys' take on ninth-ranked Denham Town before seventh seed Excelsior High tackle 10th seed Camperdown High at 3:00 pm.

Cumberland, St Jago, Denham Town and Camperdown are the home teams, as the away goal rule is in effect.

The seedings were completed last Saturday, with defending champions Jamaica College (JC) emerging as the top seed, with having 19 points ahead of Kingston College with 18 points.

St Catherine High were ranked third on 16 points with Holy Trinity High fourth, also on 16 points, with St George's College rounded out the top five while 15 points and a better goal difference than sixth-seeded St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS).

The remaining seeded teams are Excelsior High (seventh), Wolmer's Boys' (eighth), Denham Town (ninth), Camperdown (10th), Hydel High (11th), Mona High (12th), St Jago (13th), Charlie Smith (14th), Calabar (15th) and Cumberland High (16th).

Calabar would have been paired with Kingston College but because both came from the same Group B in the first round adjustments had to be made, and the positions between Calabar and Cumberland were switched with Calabar now playing JC and Cumberland paired with KC.

Based on last season's final placing, the top eight teams were given points to start this season's competition. JC started with plus five, STATHS with four, Holy Trinity three and KC commenced with two points. Calabar, St George's, Bridgeport, and St Catherine all started with one point.

Each team got a point for every game won with the first round group winners collecting six points and runners-up, five points. The best third-placed teams got three points.

With that settled, there will be eight two-legged games where the away goal rule will be in effect. ISSA will be using three venues — Stadium East, Spanish Town Prison Oval and Winchester Park at St George's College. Of note, St George's will not play any games at home.

The winners of the eight match-ups will advance to the quarter-final of the Manning Cup, while the eight losers will vie for the Walker Cup.

Second-round seeding

1 Jamaica College 19

2 Kingston College 18

3 St Catherine High 16

4 Holy Trinity High 16

5 St George's College 15


7 Excelsior High 14

8 Wolmer's Boys' 14

9 Denham Town 14

10 Camperdown 14

11 Hydel High 13

12 Mona High 12

13 St Jago 12

14 Charlie Smith 10

15 Calabar 8

16 Cumberland 6

The matchups

JC vs Calabar

KC vs Cumberland

St Catherine vs Charlie Smith

Holy Trinity vs St Jago

St George's vs Mona

STATHS vs Hydel

Excelsior vs Camperdown

Wolmer's vs Denham Town

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