STATHS, JC Manning Cup final - Kingston College stunned, Holy Trinity outgunned
Kingston College's (KC) head coach Ludlow Bernard left the National Stadium last evening to the sound of boos from a section of the crowd, this after his team's surprising 2-1 defeat to St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in the semi-final of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition.
KC, who were the big favourites to win this year's title and end their three-decade drought, were left stunned by second-half goals from David Smith (61st minute) and Barrington Bailey (65th minute) as STATHS secured a spot in the final for the first time since their title-winning season in 1987.
Ronaldo Robinson scored for KC in the 70th minute to ensure an exciting finish, but the 'Purples' who last won the title in 1986, could not make any further dents.
Phillip Williams, coach of STATHS, said that they are very delighted to be in the final of the competition.
"Right throughout the competition even from the first round, we were being earmarked as underdogs, but we know that the self- confidence and the discipline in terms of playing good football, have carried us this far," said Williams.
"I think us being in the final right now is a fulfilment of the hard work that we have put in from the start of the season and so we are very delighted for this victory," Williams said.
STATHS will now meet defending champions Jamaica College (JC) in the final after Miguel Coley-coached JC secured their place in the final with an edgy 3-2 extra-time win over Holy Trinity. This, after both teams played out 1-1 draw in full time.
JC trailed 2-1 in extra-time before a couple goals in almost as many minutes saw the Old Hope Road school advancing to their fifth straight Manning Cup final.
Gavin Thrope (19th), Norman Campbell (98th) and Shaniel Thomas (100th) were the scorers for the JC.
Phillion Lawrence in 38th minute and Omario Cole in the 95th minute got the goals for the Devon Anderson-coached Holy Trinity.
"It's a tough competition because Holy Trinity really played us very well, especially in the second half," said Coley. "I am happy that the latter part of the game we got a little luck especially and we were able to win the game. That is what championships is all about, you take your chances, especially in the dying moments."
The final is set for the National Stadium next week Friday.