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Early start for Manning Cup final
published: Wednesday | November 12, 2003

THE MANNING Cup title game on Saturday at Harbour View Mini Stadium between Excelsior and Bridgeport will kick off at 2:45 p.m., 15 minutes earlier than the previous 3:00 p.m. starting time for the second match on a doubleheader fixture this season.

This move is to facilitate play during extra-time, should theascoreline be even at the end of full time as the title must be decided on Saturday.

EXTRA-TIME

In extra-time, 15 minutes is played in either half and it is believed that if the game was to start at 3:00 p.m., it would get dark by the time both extra time halves are complete.

That, however, is also subject to whether a team scores in extra-time as the sudden death rule will be in effect meaning the match ends as soon as a team scores, with the scoring team deemed the winner.

Prior to the final, there will be a play-off for third place between beaten semi-finalists Dunoon and Norman Manley, last year's winners.

Both teams must be hoping the sun won't shine as they are set to feel the heat with kick off time set for 12:45 p.m.

Dunoon led 2-1 but conceded a last minute goal to Excelsior, which went on to score a sudden-death win in last Saturday's first semi-final at Prison Oval. Bridgeport, the 2001 champions, beat Norman Manley 2-1 in their semi-final.

DACOSTA CUP SEMI-FINALS

On the same day, the four teams chasing rural area supremacy will battle in the daCosta Cup semi-finals.

Montego Bay's Cornwall College and Westmoreland's Frome Technical are to clash at the western city's prime venue, Jarrett Park, while Portland's Titchfield have the stack piled against them for a long journey to either Clarendon's Brancourt or Spanish Town's Prison Oval to face Clarendon College.

Both games are slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.

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