Intense battle for Manning Cup semi-final spots

October 28, 2017
Gladstone Taylor / Photographer Tyreek Magee (right) of Jamaica College with possession of the ball as Calabar's Demario Adams advances.

With the teams level on points and goal difference in Group H of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup quarter-final round, a play-off will be the first way of separation if today's fixtures end in draws.

Many-time champions St George's College, St Andrew Technical High (STATHS), Holy Trinity and St Catherine are locked on two points apiece with identical goal differences.

In the final games in the group, Holy Trinity will tackle St Catherine at Winchester Park, St George's College, while STATHS and St George's College face-off at Constant Spring. Both games start at 3 p.m.

In a release, schools sports organisers, ISSA stated that: "If there are two identical draws, there is a playoff with Holy Trinity playing St Catherine and St George's playing STATHS. Both winners qualify for the semi finals with the winner who was seeded higher to be declared the group winner. Matches to be played on November 14. (This is because St Catherine and St George's would have played in the same preliminary group).


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"If there are two draws but not identical draws. Then both teams in the higher scoring game qualify for the semi finals.

The release also read that: "Where there is a winner in one game and a draw in the other, the team that wins is the group winner. Both teams in the drawn game playoff for second place on November 14, (penalties to determine the winner)

Where there is winner in both games, if there are two identical wins, the higher seeded team will be declared the group winner. If the scoreline for both games are different, Goal Difference and then most Goals for will determine the group winner

Meanwhile, in another key game, reigning champions Jamaica College face-off against pre-season favourites Kingston College (KC) at Stadium East, starting at 3 p.m.

KC leads Group H on maximum six points from two games and are already assured of a semi-final spot, while KC comes next on four points, followed by Calabar (one) and Bridgeport who without a point and out of contention.

KC need to avoid a heavy loss in order to advance to the last four. On the other hand, Calabar are still in with a shot. They are hoping for a big win against Bridgeport at Prison Oval, if KC were to lose.

Today's games

• 3 p.m. Bridgeport vs Calabar Prison Oval

• 3 p.m. Holy Trinity vs St Catherine at Winchester Park

• 3 p.m. STATHS vs St George's College at Constant Spring

• 3 p.m. Kingston College vs Jamaica College at Stadium East

Points table

Group G

Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts

STATHS 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2

St George's 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2

St Catherine 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2

Holy Trinity 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2

Group H

JC 2 2 0 0 3 0 3 6

KC 2 1 1 0 4 1 3 4

Calabar 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1

Bridgeport 2 0 0 2 0 5 -5 0

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