Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Two-time defending Manning Cup champions, St George's College, will seek to keep their destiny in their own hands when they face Camperdown High in a Group D ISSA/LIME Manning Cup match this afternoon at the Bellevue Field. Kick-off time is 3:30 p.m.
The defending champions are locked in a three-way battle for top honours in the group. They lead the group by virtue of a superior goal difference, having scored 24 goals to Camperdown's 17 with both teams conceding six, to amass 14 points. Third-place team Charlie Smith (11) will play away to fifth-place Oberlin (five), while fourth-place Vauxhall (five) will host bottom-place Donald Quarrie (zero).
With just four rounds of games remaining, the battle is on in earnest for top spot.
"Right now, we have it in our own hands and we just want to win the remaining four games, because if we win the four remaining games, we will win the zone," St George's head coach, Neville Bell, shared.
Camperdown, three-time winners of the competiton, should be fairly confident coming up against the 22-time champions as they were the only team to have defeated them in the Manning Cup last season, albeit in a game of academic interest. The encounter between the two schools in this season's curtain-raiser ended in a 2-2 draw.
"I think the St George's team has improved since we played them and we ourselves have improved as well," Camperdown's coach, Christopher Bender said. "Both would want to win, because the zone is so close and if either of us slip up, it would give Charlie Smith a look in as well, so we have to rise to the occasion."
Bell believes his team surrendered possession too easily in the first meeting and also gave up two easy goals and will need to be at their best this time around to get the desired result.
"We know we are St George's and if we don't turn up with our A game against anyone we will lose, and Camperdown is no different, they have quality," Bell reasoned.
Bender is hoping that his team will be able to make their home-field advantage count.
"The field that we will play on Monday is not necessarily conducive to a smooth passing game," Bender revealed. "We have not played on or trained on the field as regularly as we would like, but we would be a little bit more accustomed to it than St George's, so we just hope that and luck will go in our favour."
St George's will be without right back, Denton Henry, who fractured two bones in his left leg in their last outing, but will welcome back the services of Cardel Benbow, who was off the island for a short period.
St Catherine vs Clan Carthy
Kingston Technical vs Denham Town
Papine vs Wolmer's
Camperdown vs St George's
Vauxhall vs Donald Quarrie
Oberlin vs Charlie Smith
Eltham vs Kingston College
Penwood vs Spanish Town
Home teams are named first and all matches are slated to start at 3:30 p.m.