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September 5, 2011
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Manning Cup - Poor discipline forced Mona to pull out

Andrew Harris, STAR Intern

Head of Mona High's sports department, McCauley McIntosh, says a lack of discipline was the main reason behind his school's withdrawal from the ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel Manning Cup.

According to McIntosh, the school, which in the mid-2000s produced players such as national defender Dicoy Williams and midfielder Marvin Morgan, has been trying to put a team together since the end of the last school year. However, a number of players have missed training and attitude in general has been indifferent and this forced the school to pull out of this year's schoolboy football competitions.

"We see the Manning Cup as a means of highlighting the school, and last year was a very bad year for us, when we lost a lot of matches and conceded a number of goals," said McIntosh.

"We wanted to see how best we could improve the school's reputation this year, but the players have not been coming out to training, and for those who come their attitude is very poor ... so we took the decision."

Mona, who made back-to-back appearances in the second round of the Manning Cup in 2004 and 2005 with Williams in their line-up, played 10 matches last year, winning one, drawing one and losing eight, with Jamaica College and Wolmer's recording huge preliminary round wins against them.

They also reached the quarter-finals of the Walker Cup knockout in 2004.

Mona are one of four Manning Cup and one daCosta Cup schools who have withdrawn from the local high school football competitions. The others are Trench Town and Kingston High in the Manning Cup, and Islington of St Mary in the daCosta Cup.

Mona were coached by Carlton Smith last season but were expected to have another man in charge as he had resigned. Both the Manning and daCosta Cups are slated to begin on September 10.

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