Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Many-Time champions Jamaica College (JC) kicked off their second round campaign in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) LIME Manning Cup competition with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over arch-rivals Kingston College (KC), in their Group H encounter at Constant Spring Sports Complex yesterday.
Former national Under-17 captain Junior Flemming scored the lone goal for JC in the 60th minute.
In the opening game of the group's double-header, last year's beaten finalists Hydel also registered a 1-0 win, beating Charlie Smith through Rohnako Allen's 90th-minute goal.
Charlie Smith ended the game with 10 players, this after Chevaughn Edwards received a straight red card for elbowing a Hydel player in the 86th minute.
"What we decided to do was to play slightly defensive against Charlie Smith," said Hydel's coach, Geoffrey Maxwell. "We decided to stay behind the ball, draw them to us, and try to hit them on the counter."
He added: "We have two more games, so we just have to wait and see. The most important thing is not to get carried away with this victory," he said.
Evenly-contested first half
The first half between JC and KC was evenly contested as both teams enjoyed their fair share of ball possession. KC striker Kashane Jones came close to giving his team the lead in the 15th minute, but after controlling the ball on his chest inside the 18-yard box, his powerful right-footed shot went high over the crossbar.
A few minutes later, at the other end of the field, JC's Flemming received a through pass from Raffique Bryan inside the penalty box, but with custodian Akim Larmond at his mercy, he shot wide of the target. Flemming almost scored again on the stroke of half time but his powerful shot from 12 yards hit the crossbar.
However, he finally rewarded his school by heading home a well-measured corner kick from Ramone Howell.
JC's coach Miguel Coley said he was very pleased with his team's performance.
"This is the best way to start the second with a win and all three points," said Coley. "The rivalry between KC and JC is always huge, and so it took a gusty performance from us to win the game," he said.
KC's coach Donovan 'DV' Hayles said: "The JC team is a quality team and we are in the rebuilding phase, but we showed character because we came here and we fought hard and so I don't feel disgraced.