St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) scored an impressive 3-1 victory over St George’s College in their second quarter-final round match, at the Stadium East field on Wednesday, to become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2019 urban area ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition.

However, the day truly belonged to striker Warner Brown, who scored twice in 12 minutes to secure one of the biggest victories for STATHS this season after 22-time champions St George’s College had shot into the lead courtesy of a Jaheim Brown’s goal on the stroke of half-time.

Chantomoi Taylor provided the opportunity for Jaheim Brown’s goal when he played a beautiful ball inside and the striker made no mistake from the edge of the 18-yard box to score his fourth goal of the season and send the St George’s College’s supporters into wild celebration.

Seven minutes after the resumption, Warner Brown scored his first goal to equalise for STATHS in the 51st minute. It was a superb goal as Warner Brown took a ball out of the air, then turned beautifully to leave a defender for dead and rattled the back of the net with a vicious strike.

Shemar Daley made it 2-1 in the 56th minute and Warner Brown completed his double in the 63rd minute after a header from a St George’s College defender fell at his feet just outside the 18-yard box and he powered home.

JC’s Oquassa Chong (right) makes a pass in front of Alex Alexander of Excelsior High.

By virtue of seven-time champions Excelsior High holding 29-time champions Jamaica College (JC) to a surprised 0-0 draw in the first match at the venue, the victory pushed STATHS, the 1987 champions, to an unassailable lead in Group H of the quarter-final round with one set of matches remaining.

The quarter-final round comprises two groups of four teams each and the top two teams in each group will contest the semi-finals.

STATHS, which opened the quarter-final round by whipping Excelsior High 4-0 last week, moved to maximum six points from two games, four clear of JC in second place with two points.

St George’s College are in third place, while Excelsior High are bottom of the table and still with a chance of taking the second semi-final spot from the group. Both teams are locked on a point, but St George’s College have a better goal difference.

In the final set of games in the group, JC and STATHS will face off in what is expected to be a tough assignment, while St George’s College will play Excelsior High.

A victory for JC over STATHS will eliminate St George’s College and Excelsior High.

St George’s College can only advance to the semi-finals if JC drop points against STATHS and they take all three points against Excelsior High.

On the other hand, Excelsior High will be hoping for victory against St George’s College and JC dropping points against STATHS.

Group G is also interestingly poised going into the final set of quarter-final matches where three of the four teams are still in contention for the two semi-final spots.

Reigning champions Kingston College (KC), which have won the competition 15 times, are leading the group courtesy of goal difference over 10-time champions Wolmer’s Boys. Both teams are on four points from two matches, a point ahead of third-place Camperdown High. Already eliminated Charlie Smith High are bottom of the table without a point.

The Manning Cup competition takes a break to facilitate the first round of the ISSA Walker Cup knockout competition.

The Walker Cup knockout competition comprises the eight losers of the Manning Cup second round.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
St Catherine High vs Holy Trinity High @ Prison Oval – 1:00 pm
Jonathan Grant High vs Eltham High @ Prison Oval – 3:00 pm

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
St Jago High vs Mona High @ Prison Oval – 1:00 pm
Hydel High vs Vauxhall High @ Prison Oval – 3:00 pm

All matches which end in a draw at the end of regulation time will be decided by a penalty shootout. There will be no extra time.

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