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Manning teams rule - Four urban schools in Super Cup semis

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2015 | 11:00 AMLivingston Scott
Akeem Shelton of St George's College celebrates his goal against Glenmuir High during the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup quarter-final match at Sabina Park yesterday. St George's won 3-2.

The semi-finals of the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup will be an all-Manning affair.

Manning Cup teams outclassed their daCosta Cup rivals in quarter-final matches played at Sabina Park and the National Stadium yesterday.

At the National Stadium, St Jago first eased past St Elizabeth Technical 2-0 before last year's Super Cup champions Jamaica College beat Excelsior, also 2-0, in a clash of Manning Cup teams.

St George's College outscored Glenmuir High 3-2 in the first quarter-final at Sabina Park, then Wolmer's Boys clipped defending daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College 1-0.

The Sabina opener was a thriller. St George's star player Alex Marshall decided the contest in the 80th minute with his 17th goal of the season.

Glenmuir's Onendo Collins netted the quickest ever goal in the tournament after 31 seconds. However, Akeem Shelton restored parity on 20 minutes for St George's, and Shevon Stewart fired the North Street school in front in the 45th minute.

Leroy Bryant equalised for Glenmuir immediately after the break.

Marshall, who grabbed the winner from 25 yards, was pleased with his contribution.

"It's a wonderful feeling (scoring the winner). My team depends on me, and I always keep that in the back of my head and go out and do it for them," he told The Sunday Gleaner.

Opposing defenders have found Marshall's skill and trickery too much, and he is hoping he can continue to deliver.

 

CONFIDENT PLAYER

 

"I wouldn't say I am unstoppable. I just play with confidence and believe in God," he said.

St George's were behind from the very first minute, on the very first attack when Collins turned home Jevaun Ennis' shot from three yards. St George's controlled the game afterwards and were level on 20 minutes when Shelton's cross turned shot, hitting the post before going in.

Although St George's continue to give up goals, winning coach Neville Bell is not too concerned.

"Just before the game, we lost our centre-half, Akeem Prawl, so we had to put (Stephen) Gilzene at centre-half, and he never played there before. They caught us very early, but I know once this team settled down, we would do well," he said.

Glenmuir's coach Jackie Walters said St George's top players were difficult to contain.

"St George's have some quality individuals, and when you play against quality individuals, you are going to have a hard time," he said.