Ultimate battle! JC, Holy Trinity clash for inaugural LIME Super Cup
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Reigning Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) and giant-killers Holy Trinity High will clash in today's big final of the all-island LIME Super Cup schoolboy knockout football competition at Sabina Park, starting at 4 p.m.
The match is expected to be very exciting, as both teams will be at full strength for today's final. They also play a similar style of attacking football and this is expected to provide a lot of entertainment and excitement for their fans.
JC will start as the overwhelming favourites, as they seek to capture their first title of the season. JC have also qualified for the final of the Walker Cup knockout competition, in which they will tackle St George's College.
The Miguel Coley-coached unit should feel very confident about themselves heading into today's clash after defeating Holy Trinity twice this season, 4-0 in the quarter-finals of the Walker Cup and 2-1 in the second round of the Manning Cup competition.
The 'Dark Blues' booked their place in the final following their impressive 3-1 win over STETHS. They also recorded victories over St James and Hydel and have not been beaten all season.
They will enter today's contest oozing confidence, following their 16-0 victory over Denham Town High on Wednesday, which propelled them into the semi-final of the Manning Cup competition.
Former national Under-17 captain, Junior Flemmings, who has been banging in the goals, netted five times against Denham Town in midweek.
However, they face a well-organised Holy Trinity defensive unit that has only conceded two goals in the LIME Cup.
Flemmings is expected to receive support from fellow strikers Allando Brown, who netted a hat-trick against Denham Town, Akeem Shackleford and Raffique Bryan.
Holy Trinity, the surprise team in the competition, secured their spot in the final after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Wolmer's, and will be aiming to pull off another huge upset.
The Devon Anderson-coached team is coming off a 12-0 defeat to Excelsior High, a game in which they rested 11 starters on Wednesday.
They have also recorded victories over Clarendon College and Garvey Maceo in this competition and will enter today's contest knowing a victory over their more fancied opponents will see them lifting their first schoolboy football title.
Striker Joel Sterling, who scored the winning goal against Wolmer's, along with Jevon Fuller, will lead their hunt for goals. André Leslie and Chevon Bryan will provide main support.
Players to Watch
- Raffique Bryan of JC
Raffique Bryan joined the JC team after the start of the urban area schoolboy football season and is certainly picking up his rhythm. He is doing well, whether in midfield or as a striker. The 18-year-old is a leading player in his third and final season.
"He came in during the season. He was affected by the chikungunya virus, which has slowed his performance. Raffique is a big-occasion player who loves to play under pressure. I am expecting him to give his normal support in whatever role he plays in the final," JC's coach Miguel Coley said of his talented player.
"Raffique and the other players are pumped up for this one. They will be going all out," Coley said.
- André Leslie of Holy Trinity
André Leslie has been an influential player for Holy Trinity. He is the creative mind in midfield and also the school's top scorer, with five goals in all competitions.
"Our aim is to win the LIME Super Cup. We are aware that JC are the favourites, but we have self-belief and will be going there to create another upset. Most persons did not pick us to beat Wolmer's in the semi-final. We are in the final and won't give up until the final whistle is blown," Leslie said.
"This is my first final and my mind is on winning the title for the school, coaching staff and supporters. The team is a fighting one," he said.
Leslie is a 17-year-old fifth form student at Holy Trinity. He is a past student of Lannaman's Preparatory.