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Strong JC to roll over Jon Grant

Published:Saturday | September 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM
JC's Junior Flemmings-File

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Last year's Manning Cup champions, Jamaica College (JC), will kick off the defence of their Inter-Secondary Sports Association ISSA/LIME schoolboy title today when they face Jonathan Grant in a Group G encounter at the Montego Bay Sports Complex starting at 1 p.m.

The Miguel Coley-coached JC are seeking their 26th hold on the corporate area's most prestigious football trophy.

They have retained a number of key players from last season, including the outstanding striker Junior Flemmings, Ramone Howell, Sheldon McKoy, Ronaldo Brown and Chadwayne Johnson, and will be tough to beat.

JC have had a pretty good preseason, which saw them winning 12 matches while losing two. Their defeats came against Calabar High and daCosta Cup winners St Elizabeth Technical High School.

Inexperienced Jonathan Grant

However, they are expected to roll over a very young and inexperienced Jonathan Grant side in today's encounter. However, despite this, Coley said he won't be taking their opponents lightly.

"It is going to be a very competitive game," said Coley. "Jonathan Grant have a good team and we are the defending champions, and so it is going to be a tough game," he said. "But, hopefully, we can go out and execute our game plan and come out with a win."

Coley added: "They finished third in their group last year with a pretty young team, and so I am expecting that some of those players will be back."

Coached by Tyrone Bryan, Jonathan Grant have retained just four players from last season's unit.

Bryan said his players have done well in the preseason and, therefore, he is expecting a very competitive game.

"We have a very good unit and so we are going out there to do our best," said Grant. "We have nothing to fear and so we are going out to play good football because the ball is round and anything can happen on the day."

The players retained by Jonathan Grant are Christopher Wisdom, Kreshane Bedward, Dwight Beech and Alex Stewart.

In the group's other game, St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) will battle Kingston Technical. STATHS have renewed their relationship with veteran coach Keith Nichols and will be one of the teams to pose great challenge in the group.

Today's games

Group A

Kingston College vs Campion College

Jose Marti vs Waterford

Group B

Cumberland vs Excelsior

Mona vs Charlie Smith

Group C

Ardenne vs Edith Dalton James

Innswood vs Tivoli

Denham Town vs St Mary's College

Group D

Papine vs Haile Selassie

Dunoon vs Camperdown

Greater Portmore vs Bridgeport

Group E

Holy Trinity vs Spanish Town

Trench Town vs Clan Carthy

Group F

Calabar vs Penwood

St Catherine vs Eltham

Hydel vs St Jago