Purple patch?- KC edge manley for 7th manning cup win

October 9th, 2011

KINGSTON College (KC) made it seven wins from seven starts with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Norman Manley High in their ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel Manning Cup Group F game at Cloverly Park yesterday.

National Under-17 player Romario Williams came off the bench to score the winner in the 81st minute. National Under-20 player Jhamie Hyde had headed KC level in the 27th after Leonardo Page had given Norman Manley an eighth-minute lead.

KC, with their seven wins, move to 21 points while maintaining their 100 per cent record, inclusive of 24 goals and eight against.

Norman Manley, who were losing their fourth games from seven matches, are 12 points behind but remain second on nine.

However, Penwood who are third on seven points, have played one game less, and with Donald Quarrie and Ardenne left to play, could steal second spot from Norman Manley.

Donald Quarrie moved into fourth spot on six points after edging Ardenne High, 1-0, and with Penwood and Norman Manley to play, must be fancying their chances of joining KC in the next round.

KC, who last won the Manning Cup 25 years ago, in 1986, continued their rich vein of form and completed the double over the school which defeated them in the final in 2000.

But it was the visitors who drew first blood after pressuring KC with a series of free-kicks and corners and finally got the breakthrough in the eighth when Page’s glancing heading went in.

But the home team never wilted and began passing the ball around through Hyde, Jorginho James, the diminutive but combative Kyle Smith and Jhavaughn Samuels.

They took control and it was not surprising when they drew level in the 27th minute. Hyde, playing in midfield, powerfully headed home from a corner for his fourth goal of the season. It was his third headed goal.

Norman Manley, who desperately needed a win in their hunt for second spot in the group, were lucky to be alive in the game as KC squandered numerous opportunities and there were some fine saves by Lemar Young in goal.

But Williams, who came on in the 65th for the injured Samuels, got the winner with a beautiful 25-metre powerhouse which Young found too hot to handle in the 81st.

The shot swerved and bounced out of Young’s grasp on its way in. Williams, who missed KC’s last game because of an accumulation of cards, and was again yellow carded after taking off his shirt while celebrating.

For ‘Manley’, it was a wicked blow to the ambitions of staying in the competition and with only one game remaining, are in danger of not advancing.

Meanwhile, Camperdown closed the gap on defending champions Jamaica College (JC) to one point in Group D after blanking Pembroke Hall, 3-0, while JC were held to a 1-1 draw by St Jago.

JC have secured their spot in the next round with 20 points and cannot be surpassed by any two schools.

Camperdown stayed second on 19 and St Jago third with 13 points. Both second- and third-placed teams will clash on Tuesday with Camperdown just needing a point to advance from two games.

Kingston Technical moved to fourth on eight points with a crushing 4-0 win over Cumberland.

In Group B, Hydel confirmed their place in the next round by dismissing Tivoli Gardens, 3-0, for their seventh win from eight matches.

The Leebert Halliman-coached boys moved to 22 points — seven ahead of Waterford, who edged Papine, 2-1.

Denham Town, who drew 0-0 with lowly Campion College, are third on 13 points and meet Waterford on Tuesday in a game that could decide who join Hydel in the next round.


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