Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Defending champions Jamaica College (JC) registered a hard-fought come-from-behind 2-1 victory over St Jago in their Group D encounter of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/Gatorade/Digicel Manning Cup competition yesterday.
Taval Whittaker (74th) and substitute Chevaughn Frater (76th) were the goalscorers for the Alfred Henry-coached JC after Junior Reid had given St Jago the lead in the sixth minute.
In the group's other games, Camperdown thrashed Pembroke Hall 4-0 and Kingston Technical beat Cumberland 3-0.
Despite their victory, JC remain second in the standing with nine points, one behind the unbeaten Camperdown with 10.
They are followed by St Jago five, Kingston Technical four, Pembroke Hall three and Cumberland one.
At Old Hope Road, St Jago came out firing in the first half, as they stunned the home crowd lead when Reid fired past goalkeeper Sherrick Davis.
Nicholas Scott came close to giving JC the equaliser on the stroke of half-time, but with the goalkeeper at his mercy he fired wide of the target.
JC dominated the second period and were rewarded when the speedy Whittaker collected a pass inside the 18-yard box and beat goalkeeper Evon Brown. Frater doubled JC's lead two minutes later, with a spectacular right-footed volley past Brown.
At Clan Carthy, Kingston Technical High defeated Cumberland High 3-0 in their Group D match. Captain Romario Davey scored twice, in the 38th and 42nd minutes, for the winners with the third goal coming from the boot of Rushane Jackson in the 85th.
Davey said the team followed the instructions of the coach and this led to their easy victory.
"I think following the coach's instructions was the key thing in getting us the win, and although I had an injured arm I did my best," Davey said.
Yesterday's results - Group D: Kingston Technical 3, Cumberland 0; Jamaica College 2, St Jago 1; Camperdown 4, Pembroke Hall 0. Group F: Donald Quarrie 2, Norman Manley 1; Penwood 0, Ardenne 0. Group G: St Andrew Technical 4, St Mary's College 1; Bridgeport 1, Josť Marti 1.