JC aim for win
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica College will look to maintain their perfect record when they oppose St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in Group G of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition at JC playing field today. Kick-off time is 3:30 p.m.
Defending Manning Cup champions, JC have won all five games played in the group so far and another victory today could ensure that they finish on top in the group and in the process qualify for the next stage as well as the inaugural LIME Super Cup and Walker Cup competitions.
On the other hand, STATHS have won two games and drawn three, so a win today would maintain their hopes of qualifying for the Manning Cup's next stage.
Coach of JC, Miguel Coley is fully aware that a win for his team against STATHS is crucial today.
"I think, we are well prepared for them (STATHS) tomorrow (today). It is a do-or-die game for STATHS as they need a win to stay in condition," Coley told The Gleaner yesterday.
"Getting three points is very important for STATHS, and we also need the points to secure group honours," he added.
"We have not hit high notes as yet. We have to be rotating the players, and we are also affected by the chikungunya virus," disclosed Coley, who is also national senior team assistant coach.
With regard to the LIME Super Cup, Coley says he would love to be first-time winners of that competition, which brings with it a top prize of $1 million.
"The LIME Super Cup is very important. We would love to be the first holders, like we had done with the Manning Cup and Walker Cup," Coley stated.
For victory, JC will rely on the team's leading goalscorer Akeam Shackleford on five goals and captain Junior Flemmings (4), goalkeeper Courtney among other players.
Meanwhile, coach of STATHS, Keith Nichol says although playing the defending champions away will be a tough ask, the aim is to win the game.
"We are definitely going there for three points. We want to signal a challenge for second place in order to qualify for the next stage of the Manning Cup," Nichol told The Gleaner.
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All games start at 3:30 p.m.