ISSA looking at everything
George Forbes, the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) competition's officer, says all four schools are under investigation - especially the losing schools, Denham Town and Holy Trinity High - following the massive wins by Jamaica College and Excelsior High in two Manning Cup matches last Wednesday.
In two lopsided results in the ISSA/LIME Manning Cup second round, Jamaica College scored a massive 16-0 win against Denham Town - scoring six times in six minutes added for stoppages; and Excelsior's 12-0 drubbing of Holy Trinity.
"We will be looking at everything. We want to know why Holy Trinity, who had a chance to qualify for the semi-finals, did not focus on winning the game," Forbes said.
"We also understand that Holy Trinity had only three players on the bench," he disclosed.
When quizzed about the sanctions that could be applied, Forbes said: "We will have to find out what happened and then make our decisions.
"We have not heard from the schools yet but expect reports early next week (this week)," Forbes added.
The shocking results also caught the attention of the nation's football governing body - the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) - which demanded a report from ISSA by early this morning.
"We (ISSA) have not gotten an official request from JFF yet, but we intend to give them a report as soon as possible," Forbes told The Gleaner late Friday.
All the teams were grouped in the second round and Excelsior and Jamaica College were tied on points entering the final contests against different opponents.
Excelsior started the day as group leaders by virtue of a superior goal difference, by one goal, as Excelsior had beaten Denham Town 3-1; JC had beaten Holy Trinity 2-1; and Excelsior and JC had drawn 0-0.
"We really need to find out why two schools that have been competitive up to those games were badly beaten. It is embarrassing to all stakeholders," Forbes said.
Jamaica College and Holy Trinity contested the LIME Cup final on Saturday at Sabina Park, with JC coming out 2-0 victors.