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Free-scoring St George's to outclass Excelsior

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 10:00 AMMarc Stamp
St George's College's Gregory Messam Jr (left) and captain Shevon Stewart.

Defending ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup champions St George's College will be looking to brush aside Excelsior High when the two schools meet in today's opening quarter-final match at the Constant Sprint Complex at 1 p.m.

The St George's Excelsior clash is the first of a double-header at the venue. In the second game, Kingston College will oppose St Jago High at 3 p.m.

Eight schools are contesting the Walker Cup: the seven Manning Cup group winners and the best second-place team from the preliminary stage of the competition.

Assistant coach of St George's Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle says the school's main focus now is to win today and advance to the next stage.

"Well, Excelsior are a good team, but we are confident and will be going there to win the game," Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.

"We take each competition seriously as the aim is to win all silverware at stake. The focus tomorrow is on Excelsior," he added.

St George's won the competitive Group C in the Manning Cup preliminary stage. They scored 39 goals, the most by any team, and will look to star players Shevon Stewart, Alex Marshall, and Gregory Messam Jr to outclass Excelsior.

Excelsior, now under the guidance of coach Baris Johnson, who has taken over from Lebert Halliman, have been improving steadily.

The Excelsior team won their group in the Manning Cup, scoring just 17 goals in 10 games. They will be looking to contan the fancied St George's.

The second game should be very competitive. Kingston College have looked quite good under coach Ludlow Bernard. They easily won their Manning Cup group but could face a stern test against St Jago.

The latter scored 26 goals in eight matches, while KC slammed in 19 from the same number of games.

St Jago, however, only advanced as the best second-place team in Group E of the Manning Cup preliminary stage.

The games will play for 90 minutes in regular time. If there is a tie, extra-time will be played, and if still a tie, penalty kicks will decide the winners.

 

Today's games

 

- 1 p.m: St George's College vs Excelsior

3 p.m: Kingston College vs St Jago.