Andrew Harris, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Defending ISSA/Gatorade/ Digicel Manning Cup champions St George's College were held to a 1-1 draw by Dunoon Technical in their Group C encounter at Winchester Park on North Street, Kingston, yesterday.
In another Group C encounter, Hydel High blanked Cumberland High 5-0.
At Winchester Park, Roshane Bailey scored in the sixth minute before Cardel Benbow earned a point for the Georgians in the 69th minute.
"Dunoon came here, took a point and they deserved it," said Neville 'Bertis' Bell, coach of St George's College.
Bailey sent his team ahead when he collected a through pass and outsped the St George's defence to score.
"We missed a lot of chances that we paid for," added Bell. "Definitely, we need to work on our finishing, because this is a problem we have been having all year."
The defending champions missed numerous chances in the second half. Oshane Boothe, who missed a few of these chances, was replaced midway the half by Andre Lewis, a player who has been included in Jamaica's squad for Friday's CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against Guatemala.
It was Lewis who set up the equaliser. His shot to goal in the 69th minute was blocked and Benbow was on spot to put the rebound into the back of the net.
"St George's are a very good team and so we decided to play behind the ball and hit them on the counter," said Dunoon's coach Omar Edwards. He added that they are in a rebuilding process and they expect to be very competitive in the Manning Cup in the next two years.
St George's 1 Dunoon Technical 1
Hydel 5 Cumberland High 0
Denham Town 0 Clan Carthy 0
Waterford 1 Jamaica College 4