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Saints rule at Prison Oval in ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2015 | 10:00 AMLivingston Scott
St George's College's Gregory Messam Jr celebrates scoring against Haile Selassie High during their ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football game at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday.

St George's College and St Jago High are in the driver's seat after their second-round Group J FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup football games at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday.

In the opening game, St George's came from behind to beat Haile Selassie 3-1 with goals from Jevoun McKellar (22nd), Alex Marshall (28th) and Gregory Messam Jr (68th). Akeem Morrison had fired Haile Selassie in front after nine minutes.

Meanwhile, Hayden Street's 87th-minute header gave St Jago all three points. Ryan Smart put St Jago ahead on 11 minutes, but Javain Brown had cancelled his strike six minutes later.

"People normally look for the flowing game from St George's, but we can't play the same way all through the competition, sometimes you have to back off and make things happen. Today we didn't play the way we wanted, but we got the three points, which was most important," said St George's assistant coach, Marcel Gayle.

In the feature match, St Jago were early out of the blocks and 11 minutes into the game they were awarded a penalty from a handball inside the box, which Smart converted.

Minutes later, Brown swept home a low cross which hit the post and went in for KC's equaliser.

With three minutes to go, central defender Street headed home a long throw from Shawn-D Thompson to secure victory.

"When you play a team twice and it's a quality team, you are going to get these types of challenges," said St Jago coach Glen Laing, "but we are designed to score goals and we are at home."

Yesterday's Results

St George's 3 Haile Selassie 1

St Jago 2 Kingston College 1

Today's games

Charlie Smith vs Calabar at 1 pm

Jonathan Grant vs Excelsior 3 pm

Both matches will be at Constant Spring Field.