SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland - Manning’s School will seek to win the ISSA Rural Area Under -14 football title today when they take on Glenmuir High in the final at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth.
Both teams qualified for today’s game after winning their semi-final games by 4-3 margins on penalty kicks on Friday.
Manning’s got by Maldon High at Irwin High, while Glenmuir beat Vere Technical at Foga Road in Clarendon.
Manning’s School gave up a 2-0 lead over Maldon and had to come back late in their game to earn a 3-3 draw, while Glenmuir High and Vere Technical had played out a 1-1 draw in regulation time in their game.
Last Friday, Manning’s School, who were led by two goals from Carlington Smith and one from Kajay Williams, were ahead 2-0 before Maldon pulled one back just before half-time.
Maldon High, who had two goals from Kenroy Thorpe and the other from Christopher Reid, came out more purposeful in the second half and scored twice to lead 3-2, but with less than five minutes to go, Manning’s School salvaged a draw and went on to win on penalties.
Manning’s School had topped their first-round group as well as their quarter-final group and are unbeaten all season, drawing only once.
They won all four games in the first round, scoring 22 goals and conceded none, then won two of their three games in the quarter-finals, scoring 10 goals and conceding two, before allowing three from Maldon High.