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Defending champions Jamaica College secured their final spot after a 3-0 victory against Charlie Smith.

Jamaica College took the lead through D. Merrick in the 36th minute after a brilliant display of skill on the flank from T. Ximines. The boys from Old Hope Road continued their dominance as they were in cruise control as they ended the first half leading by a goal to nil.

The second half saw no changes as JC picked up where they left off and added a second goal in the 67th minute through T. Ximines after a fumble from the Charlie Smith goalkeeper who was a second-half substitute.

As the ship sunk deeper so did Charlie Smith as Mitto dropped the anchor on their campaign in the 92nd minute to finish off the contest.

T. Ximines was named man of the match after his goal and assist. Jamaica College advance to the Manning Cup final to be played on January 22nd at the Stadium East football field.

The second semifinal saw Kingston College with a spirited fightback as they came from behind to defeat St. Andrew Technical High School 4-2.

STATHS took an early lead through talisman Omar Reid in the 6th minute and gave their fans the dream start to the semi-final. KC however wasted no time in their reply as they equalized five minutes later through J. Johnson beating the STATHS goalkeeper at his near post.

The dynamic duo upfront for STATHS sent their fans and coaching staff into a frenzy after a beautiful cross from Omar Reid was converted by Omar Laing to put them 2-1 up in the 21st minute. And that was how it went into the half-time interval.

The second half began with KC showing the true fortis spirit as they dominated and took over the game, the equalizer was surely coming as KC stood there knocking at the door and eventually opened it in the 60th minute through an R. Burgher header. Kingston College then found renewed energy as they started to turn the screws and took over the encounter and nine minutes later they took the lead through L. Watson who buried a header from close range from a beautifully delivered cross.

KC ensured their place in the Manning Cup final from a beautiful free-kick by midfield maestro Chris Pearson who placed the icing on the cake. Full-Time result Kingston College 4-2 STATHS.

The Manning Cup final will be on January 22nd at the Stadium East football field between arch-rivals Kingston College and Jamaica College.

Article and Photo Credit - @McNameeSportsMedia

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