JC, Cornwall set for Super battle
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Defending Manning Cup champions, Jamaica College (JC), and many-time daCosta Cup winners, Cornwall College, will clash in the big match in round one of the LIME Super Cup All-island Schoolboy Football Knockout Competition on Saturday, in a triple-header at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay.
The match, which is set to kick off at 6 p.m., will be preceded by the opening encounter between Camperdown and Dinthill Technical at 2 p.m. and St James opposing Wolmer's Boys' at 4 p.m.
Sixteen spots were earmarked for the top schools in the competition - the top eight after the completion of the Corporate Area Manning Cup's preliminary stage, which comprises the seven zone winners and best overall second-place finisher; in addition to the eight zone winners of the rural daCosta Cup inter-zone round.
The contestants are battling for total prize money of $2.225 million and the trophy. The 16 teams in the first round will be guaranteed $25,000 each, after which the eight quarter-finalists will receive $50,000 each.
Then, each of the four semi-finalists will get $100,000 and the two finalists stand to earn $200,000 each. The winners of the tournament will receive a replica of the LIME Super Cup and $625,000.
Ian Forbes, manager of JC, told The Gleaner in an interview following yesterday's draw at The Courtleigh Auditorium that, based on information he has received, they are bracing for a tough game from Cornwall.
"I think it should be a good game based on the reports that I have had about Cornwall," said Forbes. "They seem to be a pretty good unit, but I am confident about our abilities to put up a good performance. We are looking forward to it because it should be a lot of excitement for both teams."
Dr Dean Weatherly, coach of Cornwall College, 11-time winners of the daCosta Cup, is also expecting a tough game.
"It will be a very interesting game for us against the in-form Manning Cup champions," said Weatherly. "They are a well-coached, put-together team with a lot of talent, because they haven't lost a game all season, and I think some good football is going to be played on the day."
Weatherly added: "We have a never-say-die attitude and so we are very confident going into this game because it is a long time Cornwall haven't been on the national radar where football is concerned, and so we are here to give a showing of ourselves."
Meanwhile, Garry Sinclair, CEO, LIME Jamaica, said they are looking forward to a very exciting championships.
"It was a fantastic idea and I think it's resonating with the schools and I think the draw here signifies just how important an event this is going to be under schoolboy football," said Sinclair.
"I think it is going to be excit ing and it is going to be keen competition, and at the end of the day, I think we are going to crown a true champion of schoolboy football," he said.
A triple-header will also be contested at the National Stadium on Saturday, which will see Hydel tackling Old Harbour at 2 p.m., St Elizabeth Technical High School battling Denham Town at 4 p.m. and St George's College challenging Godfrey Stewart at 6 p.m.
At Sabina Park, Holy Trinity will battle Clarendon College at 3 p.m. and Charile Smith will face either Ewarton or Garvey Maceo, whose match ended prematurely with the scores tied 1-1 on Tuesday.