Strong JC to roll over Jon Grant
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.
Kingston College vs Campion College
Jose Marti vs Waterford
Cumberland vs Excelsior
Mona vs Charlie Smith
Ardenne vs Edith Dalton James
Innswood vs Tivoli
Denham Town vs St Mary's College
Papine vs Haile Selassie
Dunoon vs Camperdown
Greater Portmore vs Bridgeport
Holy Trinity vs Spanish Town
Trench Town vs Clan Carthy
Calabar vs Penwood
St Catherine vs Eltham
Hydel vs St Jago