OK, here’s the situation. It’s November 5th, 2014 and the 2nd round of the Manning Cup. Group J has Jamaica College (JC) and Excelsior High locked on 4 points after two matches. This is their last match of the round. Winning (3 points) + goal difference comes into place for both teams. JC faces Denham Town whilst Excelsior faces Lime Super Cup finalist Holy Trinity High. This should be a good. The matches were scheduled to begin at the same time, apparently.
1. The matches begin 15 minutes apart. Suspicious? Not really.
2. Excelsior Lime Super Cup finalists, Holy Trinity High School, not just a patsy by 12-0. Yes, you read that right. Twelve to Nil.
3. Jamaica College, needing the goals, lead 6-0 at half time, then scores another 4 goals in regulation (10-0). That means, Excelsior goes through, right? Wait! Referees adds 6 minutes of extra time, and Denham Town replaces the goalie. In the 6 mins of extra time, JC scores 6 goals. I kid you not. So, JC, by winning 16-0 gets the nod over Excelsior.
I’m guessing there’ll be an investigation by the Manning Cup officials, the four schools, and some punishment handed out, right? Would you guys agree? I mean, 12-0 and 16-0 in the 2nd round !!!
If this is coincidence, then we should have either JC or Denham Town represent Jamaica’s under-19 and under-21 teams. Jamaicans are already suspicious of many things, including Boys & GIrls Champs, boxing results, and so on. So, aren’t many Jamaicans thinking “A wha dis? Dem ya a sell out. Mi naw watch nuh more Manning Cup” right now?