There will be a new champion of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition after Kingston College were ousted by Jamaica College in the semi-final of the competition at the National Stadium in Kingston on Wednesday.

Excelsior High scored a 4-3 sudden-death penalty kick victory over Dinthill Technical, while Clarendon College beat Wolmer's Boys 2-0 on the opening day of the 2019 ISSA all-island Champions Cup knockout competition at the National Stadium in Kingston on Friday.

In the curtain-raiser, the Round of 16 match between Excelsior High and Dinthill Technical headed to penalties after finishing as a scoreless draw in regular time.

Both teams created good chances to win the game in regular time especially Excelsior High, which were denied twice by goalkeeper Demero Hill on the stroke of halftime.

After doing well to beat a Dinthill defender in the box, Jhevan Smith had his powerful shot pushed onto the bar by Hill and bounced to the feet of Jaheim Flemmings and the follow-up shot was tipped over the bar. Seconds before those two chances created by Excelsior, Dinthill had a glorious chance to take the lead, but Carlington Facey just missed the target from the edge of the six-yard box after a cross was put inside.

In a tense shootout, Alex Alexander scored the all-important penalty to put Excelsior into the quarterfinal of the competition, two days after they suffered a big 4-0 defeat against St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in the quarterfinals round of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup.

Zachary Palmer had the chance to win the game for Dinthill Technical with the fifth and final penalty kick but booted the ball wide to send the game into sudden death at 3-3.

Four penalty kicks were missed during that period. Karim Bryan also missed for Dinthill Technical, which had scored their first two kicks to secure the early advantage.

For Excelsior, Rojaughn Joseph booted the first penalty over the bar and Hill saved the third penalty taken by  Flemmings.

In sudden death, Ty Wedderburn missed for Dinthill Technical to hand the advantage to Excelsior for the first time and Alexander made no mistake.

Kitwana Smart, Shavon Thompson, and Rushan Parkinson scored from the penalty spot for Dinthill Technical, while Aseany Richards, Tariq Duffus, and Smith also scored for Excelsior.

In the second encounter, Clarendon College got their two goals during the first nine minutes of the game to eliminate Wolmer’s Boys who failed to create any good scoring opportunities.

Sheldon Smart (3rd minute) and Omar Reid (9th minute) secured the goals, which put Clarendon College into the quarterfinals.

The Champions Cup comprises the eight teams that finished as winners and runner-ups in their respective rural area Wata daCosta Cup quarter-final groups along with the eight quarterfinalists from the urban area Digicel Manning Cup competition. 

The remaining Round of 16 matches are scheduled for Saturday.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2  (CATHERINE HALL COMPLEX)
St Andrew Technical vs Manning’s School at 4:00 pm
Charlie Smith High vs Cornwall College at 6:30 pm

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2  (ST ELIZABETH TECHNICAL)
Camperdown High  vs  Frome Technical at 2:00 pm
St. George’s College vs B. B. Coke High at 4:00 pm

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2   (STADIUM EAST)
McGrath High vs  Jamaica College at 4:00 pm
Garvey Maceo High vs  Kingston College at 6:30 pm

Cornwall College will begin the defence of the ISSA rebranded all-island Champions Cup against Charlie Smith High in the round of 16.

This was revealed during the draw on Wednesday night at the Stadium East facility.

The 2019 season is scheduled to kick off on Friday with a doubleheader at the Stadium East field in Kingston.

Dinthill Technical and Excelsior High will contest the opening match of the Stadium East's doubleheader at 4:00 pm. The second match of the doubleheader features Clarendon College against the 2016 winners Wolmer's Boys at 6:00 pm.

Cornwall College, which defeated Jamaica College (JC) last year to become the first rural area school to win the competition, will be in action on Saturday's second day, which features matches at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, Stadium East, and St Elizabeth Technical High School Sports Complex.

Cornwall College will play Charlie Smith at the Montego Sports Complex at 6:30 pm.

JC, which won the inaugural title in 2014 when the competition was called Super Cup before it was rebranded in 2018 to Champions Cup, have been drawn to start again McGrath High.

In other games over the weekend, St George’s College, the 2015 champions, have been drawn to start against B B Coke; Kingston College, the 2017 champions and Garvey Maceo will face off; Camperdown High will face Frome Technical and St Andrew Technical High School will meet Manning's School.

The Champions Cup comprises the eight teams that finished as winners and runner-ups in their respective rural area Wata daCosta Cup quarter-final groups along with the eight quarterfinalists from the urban area Digicel Manning Cup competition. 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (STADIUM EAST)
Dinthill Technical vs Excelsior High at 4:00 pm
Clarendon College vs Wolmer’s Boys at 6:30 pm

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2  (CATHERINE HALL COMPLEX)
St Andrew Technical vs Manning’s School at 4:00 pm
Charlie Smith High vs Cornwall College at 6:30 pm

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2  (ST ELIZABETH TECHNICAL)
Camperdown High  vs  Frome Technical at 2:00 pm
St. George’s College vs B. B. Coke High at 4:00 pm

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2   (STADIUM EAST)
McGrath High vs  Jamaica College at 4:00 pm
Garvey Maceo High vs  Kingston College at 6:30 pm

St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and Wolmer’s Boys secured victories on the opening day of quarter-final action in the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at the National Stadium on Wednesday.

A brace from Shemar Daley (60th and 77th minutes) led STATHS, the 1987 champions, to an impressive 4-0 victory over seven-time champions Excelsior High in the first game of the doubleheader.

Warner Brown (10th minute) and substitute Rushean McFarquhar (62nd minute) scored the other goals for STATHS as the Spanish Town road-based school claimed the early lead in Group B of the quarter-final round.

Ten-time champions Wolmer’s Boys received a scare after going two goals up but held on for a 3-2 victory over Camperdown High to take the lead in Group A.

Ronaldo Webster (21st minute) and Revaldo Mitchell (25th minute) had put Wolmer’s 2-0 up in the space of four minutes, but Camperdown High, the 1978, 1979 and 1982 champions roared back through Shaqueil Bradford (60th minute) and Tivelle Edwards (63rd minute) to tie the game at 2-2. However, Mitchell found the back of the net for the second time with a 78th-minute strike to give Wolmer’s Boys all three points.

The quarter-final round continues on Thursday at the same venue with the other four teams in action.

Defending champions Kingston College (KC) and Charlie Smith High will face off in the other Group A fixture at 2:00 pm, while Jamaica College (JC) will meet last season’s beaten finalists St George’s College in the other Group B game at 4:00 pm.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
STATHS 4, Excelsior 0
Wolmer's Boys 3, Camperdown 2

THURSDAY’S GAMES
Charlie Smith vs Kingston College at National Stadium - 2:00 pm
St George's College vs Jamaica College at National Stadium - 4:00 pm

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