Cornwall to derail the JC train
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
High-riding daCosta Cup contenders Cornwall Collage and Manning Cup champions Jamaica College, will put all distractions aside when they meet in the opening round of the lucrative LIME Super Cup tomorrow at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
The two were drawn against each other on Wednesday, and the encounter will bring together two of the most powerful schools in this year's Manning and daCosta Cup competitions in a 6 p.m. duel that is sure to ignite passions around both cities.
Dr Dean Weatherly of Cornwall College told The Gleaner that his players are hungry for such a match-up and that he expects a tough but exciting contest against JC.
"They are a tough team to beat and they continue to play excellent football, but we, too have been having a fine time, and I suspect whichever school wants it more will emerge the winners," Dr Weatherly said.
"Four trophies are available this year, and like any other school, we want to lift any one, or all of them if possible, and as it happens, JC are in our way first up in this one. We will be positive and direct, and as I said before, if we want it more, then we will go for it," he said.
Jamaica College have been more than a handful against Manning Cup opponents this year and showed in last year's Olivier Shield final against rural champions St Elizabeth Technical that they have what it takes to be just as potent, but Dr Weatherly believes it could be Cornwall's time to shine.
"Consider the rich history of the school; I think we are at a place that could see us going all the way. In fact, some people say that we are favourites for the daCosta Cup and I don't mind that; it comes with the territory."
Cornwall have won the daCosta Cup a record 11 times and are looking arguably their best since they last won a decade ago, but against Jamaica College, no one knows how they will perform.
"That will be seen on Saturday, but we all know it will be a big, big match and that it can go either way," reasoned Dr Weatherly.
Both schools are unbeaten so far, but at the end of this fixture, one will taste defeat for the first time.