Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
The first round of the 2013 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup is drawing to a close, but there is still one place up for grabs in the next phase of the competition, with Group G teams Innswood and Trench Town still in the hunt to join the 15 teams that have already booked their quarter-final spots.
Innswood will look to pull level on points with Trench Town when they host fourth-place St Mary's College (10) at Chedwin Park today in a 3:30 p.m. encounter. The two teams played to a 2-2 draw in their meeting earlier this season.
"We are really going for the three points tomorrow. I am taking it as a must-win game," Innswood's coach, Milford Thomas said.
Holy Trinity has impressively won the group after garnering 28 of a possible 30 points to qualify for the quarter-finals of both the Walker Cup knock-out and the Manning Cup.
Trench Town is second with 18 points, while Innswood, which has played a game less, has 15 points.
The qualifying spot could have already been put to rest, but the match between Innswood and Trench Town was not played on Saturday, as both teams turned up in similar colours. ISSA will make a ruling today regarding who is to be awarded the points.
"Trench Town says that Innswood had played their first match against them in blue, so we will have to look into which colour Innswood was given to play in," said George Forbes, ISSA's competition director.
Holy Trinity are joined in the Walker Cup, which gets underway on Friday, by defending champions Wolmer's after they topped Group C with 28 points.
MOST IMPRESSIVE TEAM
The most impressive team through to the knock-out competition is last year's beaten finalist, Jamaica College, after they topped Group E with maximum 30 points. Two-time defending Manning Cup champions, St George's College, are also through after winning Group D on goal difference having ended on the 23 points, the same as Charlie Smith. Charlie Smith will also take their place in the Walker Cup as the best second-place team.
The other team's through to the Walker Cup are Group A winners and last year's beaten Manning Cup finalist, Hydel (23), Group B champions Excelsior (25), and Group F winners Spanish Town (19), who saw off the challenge of Kingston College (KC) for group honours.
All the group winners and Charlie Smith are through to the next round of the Manning Cup where they will be joined by the likes of KC, which placed second in their group. The other teams through are Group A, B, C, and E runner-ups Calabar (22), Norman Manley (23), Denham Town (22), and Bridgeport (22), respectively.
Camperdown (20) has also advanced from Group D as the best third-place team with Ascot (20) progressing from Group A as the next best third-place team.
The next phase of the Manning Cup is slated to kick-off on October 25th.
Tivoli High vs St Andrew College at Tivoli High, 3:30 p.m.
Innswood vs St Mary's College at Chedwin Park, 3:30 p.m.