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St George's face tough St Jago test

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2015 | 10:00 AMMarc Stamp
Gregory Messam Jr

Defending champions St George's College will face a tough task when they oppose St Jago High in the feature ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup Knockout semi-final at the Constant Spring playfield today at 3 p.m.

The game is the second of a double-header as the last four battle for spots in the November 28 final.

In the opening encounter, Jamaica College square off against Wolmer's Boys at 1 p.m.

The feature game will see two quality teams in action. St George's College will start as favourites but they will be severely tested by a robust St Jago team.

St George's will be looking to outscore their opponents, as they have found the back of the net 42 times in both the Manning Cup matches and Walker Cup so far.

In the Walker Cup quarter-finals, St George's beat Excelsior High 3-1 while St Jago blanked Kingston College 2-0.

St Jago have scored a total of 28 goals in eight Manning Cup matches and one Walker Cup game.

Marcel Gayle, assistant coach of St George's College, is confident that his team will come out on top.

"We are defending champions and so the aim is to win this game tomorrow," Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.

Star Georgians

St George's will look to star players Shevon Stewart, Alex Marshall and Gregory Messam Jr to get past their rivals.

"It will be a good match-up against St George's," St Jago's coach Glen Laing said yesterday. He added: "The George's team is an attacking one, with quality players, but we also have a quality bunch. These guys are also talented in other sports and able to play in different positions on the field, which is a plus for us."

St Jago will look to Romario Douglas, Ryan Smart and Shaqon Bryan for victory.

In the first game, Jamaica College are tipped to clip Wolmer's.

Both won their quarter-final games in penalty shoot-outs against Charlie Smith and Hydel respectively, last Saturday.

JC won three titles last year but lost the Walker Cup in the final. With this in mind, the Miguel Coley-coached team will be determined to advance to the final.

JC will look to Alando Brown, Norman Campbell, Donovan Dawkins and Ronaldo Brown to lift them past their rivals.

Wolmer's, under the guidance of Vassell Reynolds, have been quietly making their mark. The leading players for the Heroes Circle-based school are Rojay Smith, Alphanso Gooden and the diminutive Stuart Payne.

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