Manning Cup second round kicks off today


Manning Cup second round kicks off today

Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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There have been some easy games so far this season, but the much-anticipated second round is going to separate the proverbial boys from the men in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel Manning Cup football competition.

The first leg of the two-way knockout kicks off today, with four games across two venues, while the other four games will be contested tomorrow.

In the double-header at Stadium East, defending champions and top seed Kingston College (KC) take on 16th-seed Vauxhall at 2:00 pm, before fourth seed Camperdown battle 13th seed Holy Trinity at 4:00 pm.

At Spanish Town Prison Oval, third seed St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and 14th-ranked Eltham High will do battle at 1:00 pm, while eighth seed Wolmer's Boys' and ninth seed St Catherine High will meet in the feature contest at 3:00 pm.

Eltham, St Catherine, Vauxhall and Holy Trinity will play hosts, as the away goals rule will apply where there is a tie on aggregate at the end of the second leg.

The remaining seeded teams are St George's College (second), Jamaica College (fifth), Charlie Smith (sixth), Jonathan Grant (seventh), Excelsior (10th), St Jago (11th), Hydel (12th), and Mona (15th).

Based on last season's final placing, the top eight teams were given points to start this season's competition. KC started with plus five, St George's College with four, STATHS with three, and Jamaica College commenced with two points. Holy Trinity, Camperdown, Charlie Smith and Wolmer's Boys' all started with one point.

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

The eight two-legged games will be contested across the two venues — Stadium East and Spanish Town Prison Oval.

The winners of the eight matchups will advance to the quarter-finals of the Manning Cup, while the eight losers will be thrown in the Walker Cup first round.

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