It’s a battle of the blues in today’s ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup final at Sabina Park.When the opening whistle blows at 5 p.m. dark blues Jamaica College (JC) will come face to face with the light blues of St George’s College.Before the grand final Jonathan Grant High and Denham Town High will meet in a third place play-off at 3 p.m.Defending champions JC will be seeking their 27th title today, while St George’s College, with 22 liens on the trophy, are hunting their 23rd crown.JC have lost in other competitions this season but are unbeaten in the Manning Cup. They do not have an outstanding scorer to match last year’s top man Junior Flemmings, but their attacking players have done enough to get them to the final.The Miguel Coley-coached JC only failed to score once in a 0-0 draw with Holy Trinity in the second round. Senior players Donovan Dawkins and Ronaldo Brown are among their leading scorers, with 15 goals between them. Dawkins has six and Brown nine.JC’s main strength lies in defence where versatile captain Allando Brown has been outstanding in both midfield, and at the back. Most of his impressive work has come while he playing in the heart of his team’s defence at centre half.Meanwhile, St George’s, who lost two preliminary round matches, have bounced back emphatically after every defeat, and are strong favourites to win today after an impressive 4-0 win over JC in the FLOW Super Cup final two weeks ago.Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell is aiming to win a sixth Manning Cup with the light blues.His attacking front three of Alex Marshall (26 goals), Shevon Stewart (14) and Gregory Messam (14) have been hard to contain all season.St George’s have also done well in defence as only JC have conceded fewer goals. They are also the only team to have scored in all their games.Today’s main battle should be between JC’s tough defender Allando Brown and St George’s wily forward Marshall. Marshall is difficult to contain and if he is allowed to roam freely in the JC half he could ensure another miserable evening for the dark blues.
Tivoli Gardens 2 Jamalco 0 Boys’ Town 0 UWI FC 0 Yesterday’s results LEG CRAMP “I had to leave the field because my leg was cramped up. I was just being cautious as I want to play in the next game,” Johnson told The Gleaner. “It is good to get a win for the team after the loss to UWI. The vibe in the camp is still up, so we will take it one game at a time. To be honest, I am getting older and want to leave on a high,” the 36-year-old said. When quizzed as to whether he still had the desire to play for the Reggae Boyz, he responded: “It is not on my mind as the focus is to win with Tivoli. However, if given a call, I will be there.” Coach of Tivoli Omar Edwards says it was good to rebound after the disappointing result against UWI – a 4-0 loss. “It was a good victory for us as we scored two beautiful goals. The team followed the game plan. Kudos to Teddy and Elton, who are both scoring goals for the team,” Edwards said. Jamalco’s Rayon Johnson was, of course, not pleased with the result. “The game was ugly, the field condition poor. Also the officiating was poor. We created chances, so the team just have to come again,” Johnson stated. Tivoli moved up to third position on 48 points, just three adrift of leaders UWI, who are on 51 points. Humble Lion are in second position on 49 points. However, Jamalco remained on 26 points in 10th position. Former Reggae Boy Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson continues to lead the way for Tivoli Gardens, scoring the early goal in their win against Jamalco to move his tally in the Red Stripe Premier League to 13 goals. Johnson opened the scoring when he converted a penalty kick in the 10th minute. Elton ‘Juice’ Thompson sealed the deal with a strike in the 82nd minute as Tivoli won 2-0 at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. It was the west Kingston-based club’s first clean sheet since the end of January and just their second win in five games. Tivoli ended the game with 10 players as their captain, Romaine Brakenridge, was handed a second yellow card and was ejected in the 90th minute by referee Oshane Nation. Johnson, who is a former Bolton Wanderers player, limped off the field midway the second half due to a leg cramp. However, he said the substitution was precautionary as he did not want to take any chance of causing further damage.