Jamaica Gleaner / Holy Trinity stayed on course for the top seed spot in the second round, despite dropping points for the first time in Group F of the ISSA-Flow Manning Cup football competition.
The unbeaten Holy Trinity and St Jago battled to a 1-1 draw at the Bell Chung Oval yesterday. Second-half substitute Nicholas Thomas put Holy Trinity in the lead in the 67th minute, but that was cancelled when Andre Thomas converted a penalty for St Jago in the 88th minute.
Holy Trinity, which placed third in the Manning Cup last year, lead the group on 19 points, followed by Clan Carthy on twelve points. St Jago come next on 11 points, followed by Jose Marti (7), Edith Dalton James (6) and Ascot (1).
Coach of Holy Trinity Devon ‘Pablo’ Anderson was not pleased as his team failed to win for the first time this year.
“We are still in pole position for the number-one spot entering the second round. We are fighting with other teams from different groups for that spot,” Anderson told The Gleaner at the end of the game.
“I am not going to say it will be a cakewalk in the remaining group games, but we should pick up a momentum in those three remaining games. We have Clan Carthy, Edith Dalton James and Jose Marti to play before the second round,” he reasoned.
“Every team is coming for the top spot in the second round in order to play against the 16th-place team. We are aiming for that as it would be a plus for us,” Anderson added.
This year’s competition has seen a change in the second-round format. The 16 qualifiers will be seeded by ranking points. Once qualified for the second round, the top 16 teams from last year have ranking points, so if any of those schools make the second round, the points will be added.
The teams will be matched up by ISSA based on points and play in a home-and-away tie in the second round. The winners of each second-round game on aggregate will move on to the quarter-final group stage, where they will be placed in two groups.
At the completion of the quarter-final group games, the winners and runners-up in each group will advance to the semi-finals. Then the semi-final winners will advance to the Manning Cup final.
Jose Marti 3 Ascot 1
Clan Carthy 3 Edith Dalton James 0
Holy Trinity 1 St Jago 1
Cumberland 1 Camperdown 2
St Mary’s College 2 Meadowbrook 3
Tarrant 0 St George’s College 3
Denham Town 0 St Catherine 3