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Jamalco, Mico B square off

Published:Saturday | February 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Jamalco's Murphy-Dawkins

Jamalco and Mico B will clash in today's final of the JN/Sunshine Open League at the St Andrew High School, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The match will be preceded by the Junior League final between Molynes United A and Blades A at 4:30 p.m.

The Open League final is expected to be very competitive, as both teams are evenly matched in all departments.

The Winston Nevers-coached Jamalco defeated sister team Cablepro 29-16 in Thursday's semi-finals.

Mico B booked their spot in the final with an exciting 26-22 victory over defending champions University of the West Indies Pelicans.

 

CLOSE GAME

 

Wayne Shaw, manager of Jamalco, said he is expecting a close game, but is confident his team will come out on top.

"I saw Mico's match against Pelicans and they were very energetic, and so I am expecting a tough game," said Shaw.

"I think they will start favourites because I didn't expect them to beat the defending champions," he said.

"They are a good all-round team because their centre and shooter are two of the top players in this competition," Shaw said.

The veteran manager added: "I am confident that we will do well, because my coach Winston Nevers watched their semi-final game. So I know he has put a plan in place for the match.

Jamalco will be depending heavily on their experienced pair of Marsha Murphy-Dawkins and Naudia Brown to lead their charge to victory.

Meanwhile, Janet Guy, assistant coach, Mico B, said her team is oozing confidence ahead of today's game.

"We are going in there with the same mindset in terms of the energy," said Guy whose team members are now very confident after their win over the defending champions Pelicans.

However, Guy added that she is expecting a very tough match.

"We have been playing well right throughout the competition, and so the players must now go out and compete the job," Guys said. "We know that it won't be easy, because they have some experienced players who have played on the national team."

She added that she is expecting a good all-round effort from all the members of her team.