JC hunt third title
'Dark Blues' tackle St George's in Walker Cup final
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Reigning Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) will seek their third title of the season when they take on St George's College in today's final of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/LIME Walker Cup knockout competition.
The match, to be played at Constant Spring Sports Complex, is set to start at 2:30 p.m. and is expected to provide a lot of excitement for the spectators as both teams are evenly matched and they both play a similar style of attacking football.
JC, who are unbeaten in all competitions this season, captured their second title of the season last Saturday when they defeated Charlie Smith 2-1 in extra time to retain the Manning Cup.
The Miguel Coley-coached unit, which also won the LIME Super Cup knockout a few weeks ago, is oozing confidence ahead of today's encounter.
However, they will face a very dangerous St George's team, which has been resting for the past three weeks and who are also very confident ahead of today's clash.
Coley said they are expecting a tough game, but he is confident they will come out victorious.
"It will be a very competitive game," said Coley. "But we at Jamaica College, we pride ourselves on finding a way to win every single time that we go onto the field.
"We are going to give it our all and our best shot, but we know that it is going to be tough because the St George's College team has been resting for some time now," he said.
"Our aim is to win four titles and so we just have to go out and give it our best on the day," Coley added.
JC will rest their hopes in the hands of leading scorer Junior Flemmings, who has netted 21 goals this season, and Rafique Bryan, who netted the winning goal in the Manning Cup final last week.
They are expected to receive support most from Ronaldo Brown, Sheldon McKoy, Allando Brown and goalkeeper Courtney Dowdie.
On the other hand, the Georgians, who have been having an inconsistent season, failed to progress to the semi-final of the Manning Cup for the first time in the past four years.
The Neville 'Bertis' Bell-coached team secured their place in the Walker Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Charlie Smith and is expected to enter today's game full of running.
The North Street-based school will be depending heavily on the likes of their leading scorer, Amoy Brown, who was the top scorer in the LIME Super Cup. He is expected to receive valuable support from Shevon Stewart, Alex Marshall, Akeem Prawl and Devonte Francis.