St George's College (StGC) utilised home advantage to capture the Roper Cup and bragging rights over Kingston College (KC) at yesterday's annual football festival between the neighbouring North Street high schools.
The Georgians secured their hold on the Roper Cup when the Manning Cup team defeated KC 1-0 for a 2-1 aggregate win, this after their Under-35s side and their KC opponents played to a 1-1 draw in the earlier of the two contests at Emmett Park.
Oshane Booth scored the lone goal for the Neville Bell-coached Georgians in the sixth minute for last year's Triple Crown champions to lift the Under-19 schoolboy clash. St George's won last year's Manning Cup (league), Walker Cup (knockout) and Olivier Shield (all-island) titles.
Marcel Gayle, assistant coach of St George's, was pleased with his team's performance.
"It is always a good feeling to win the Roper Cup again," said Gayle.
He added: "We are not pleased with the performance because I know that we can get better. I think we could have kept the ball a lot more, but KC didn't allow us to play our free flowing style of ball game."
KC's over-35 team won the Pancho Rankine Cup following their 2-1 victory over their North Street rivals.
Gerald "Jerry" Murray, a KC old boy, was this year's honoree for being an outstanding and worthy citizen of the KC/StGC family.
The George Thompson Trophy, which also involves the Under-14 and Under-16 teams from both schools, will be played at a later date.
Defending champions St George's will kick off their Manning Cup campaign on Saturday, September 8 against Hydel at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay, while KC will tackle Meadowbrook High in their opening game on Monday, September 10 at their North Street campus.