JC 'coming all out' for Manning Cup
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Miguel Coley, head coach of defending champions Jamaica College (JC), is plotting an all-out attack when they meet Charlie Smith in the big Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup final on Saturday at the National Stadium.
JC, who are among top-scoring teams in schoolboy football this season, will assemble a powerful striker force, which includes former national Under-17 striker Junior Flemmings, who has netted 20 goals this season, Akeem Shackle-ford, Raffique Bryan, Donovan Segree and Allando Brown.
"We will most definitely be coming all out," said Coley. "It is a final and we want to put our best foot forward because at the end of the day we want to put our best showing out there," he said.
"I also want my boys to go out there and stick to the game plan and execute, be disciplined and work for each other, and at the end of the day win the game," Coley said.
JC, who are on course to win four titles this season, recently captured the LIME Super Cup knockout. They are also in the final of the Walker Cup KO, against St George's College. The 'Dark Blues' booked their place in the Manning Cup final with an exciting 4-2 win over Camperdown High.
Coley said there is no added pressure on his players to win all four trophies this season.
"There is no pressure because it is more of an opportunity for them to win it all because this hasn't been done since 1982, when Camperdown did it, when they had the Nutrament Shield," said Coley.
Tough game expected
"This is something unprecedented for us and especially with the Manning Cup being 100 years old and with the fact that Jamaica College was the first team to have won it in 1914, and so for us to win in 2014 will be a tremendous feat," said Coley, who is seeking to win his second straight Manning Cup title.
Coley, who is the assistant coach of Jamaica's Reggae Boyz, noted that despite being confident, they are expecting a very tough game from Charlie Smith, who edged Wolmer's Boys' 1-0 to reach the final.
"Some of my players are from the Arnett Gardens community and the two teams have been rivals and so it is going to be a tremendous game for us," said Coley. "I know that supporters of both teams will be out in their numbers, and so the atmosphere inside the National Stadium is going to be great," he said.