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Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 10:10 PMRichard Bryan

Manchester football season to open Oct 29

The 2015-16 Manchester Football Association (MFA) season will kick-off on Thursday, October 29, with the Brumalia House Knock Out competition.

The draw took place at the MFA offices at the RADA Complex earlier this week and 16 teams will compete. Defending champions Porus United will feature in the lone October 29 match against Old England.

A date is yet to be finalised for the other seven opening round games. Those games are: Alligator Pond vs Plouden; Hillstars vs Star Zone; Downs vs NCU; Ricam Academy vs Villa United; Mile Gully vs Greenvale; Comfort vs Technical Strikers; and Georges Valley vs Land Settlement.

The newcomers are NCU, Star Zone and Technical Strikers.

Porus begins Peter Bunting defence with win

Porus began their defence of the Central Manchester Sports Development Football League on a winning note last weekend, with a 6-2 victory against Top Coffee Grove Community team.

The league, which is sponsored by Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting, kicked off with two games at Comfort Community Centre. The second game saw hosts Comfort defeating neighbours New Hall 5-1. Thirty teams are contesting the League. Top Coffee Grove number among four newcomers in this the third season. The others are Belair Strikers, Bombay and May Day.

The opening round also saw Land Settlement scoring the highest margin of victory - a 10-0 shut-out of Kendal. A summary of other results saw Albion outscoring Old England 4-2, Inverness stomping New Vision 5-0, Mandeville United welcoming Belair Strikers 3-0 and the Police team drawing 2-2 with Bonito Strikers.

Matches will resume tomorrow with double-headers at five venues. Opening games kick-off at 1:30 p.m., with the final games set for 3:30 p.m.

Belair win in Howie Chin Prep League

Kyode Smith's goal proved decisive as Belair shocked defending champions Mount St Joseph 1-0 in last week's second round of the Howie Chin Memorial Cup for Preparatory Schools in Manchester.

Belair have now moved to six points, following their opening round 3-0 shut-out of Charagape. It was also a tough second round for Mountt St Joseph in the female category, where they are also the defending champions. They were held to a 0-0 draw by Emmanuel, who were previously beaten 2-0 by Belair.

In other boys matches, Knox completed a 3-1 win over El Instituto, while in a surprise result, Yabnel edged Sacred Heart 1-0 on a Ramone Henry strike.

The most impressive scoreline of the second round came in the girl's competition, when Timika Scarlett's four-timer gave Belair a 4-1 win over Knox Prep.

Manchester to host inaugural Knox 7K

Manchester will host its fourth road race for runners and walkers, when Knox Community College hosts its inaugural Knox 7K on October 31.

The day's events will be hosted at its Cobbla campus, near Spaldings. The event will form part of Knox's commemoration of 40 years as an institution which caters for primary, high school and community college education.

The High Mountain Coffee 10K is the first on the Manchester calendar each year. Earlier this month, the parish saw the debut of the Church Teachers' College 5K. The Burger King 5K will take place on October 25.

Age categories for both events will be 19 and under, 20-39 and 40 and over, for which the organisers are offering prizes. Interested athletes and enthusiasts can go to the school's website at kcc.edu.jm to register.