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Excelsior take aim at Tarrant in ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup

Published:Monday | September 12, 2016 | 9:00 AMMarc Stamp
Denham Town High’s Patrick Edwards (right) heads the ball, while Norman Manley High’s Tyrese Stewart and Javian Bryan react while defending during their ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football encounter at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Saturday. Denham Town won 1-0 through a second-half goal from Kevon Smile.

Excelsior High will seek to get off to a winning start against Tarrant High when both teams meet in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Manning Cup football competition's Zone A clash at Excelsior High today, starting at 3:30 p.m.

The remaining games on the day read: Greater Portmore vs Tivoli High at Greater Portmore High; Clan Carthy vs Kingston High at Alpha Boys' Home playing field; Waterford vs Holy Trinity at Waterford High; and Mona vs Charlie Smith at Mona High.

Seven-time Manning Cup champions Excelsior, under the guidance of head coach Shavar Thomas, are expecting to get off to a flying start against Tarrant High.

"The approach is to go ouT there and win the game. We are not taking any team for granted, but the ball is round and if the players don't go out there and play to instruction, things could go the wrong way," Thomas, who is a former national senior team captain, told The Gleaner yesterday.

Tarrant High are back in the competition after a one-year absence and will certainly look to ambush Excelsior.

 

WINNING START

 

Meanwhile, in another main game of interest, former champions Charlie Smith are also looking to start on a winning note against Mona.

Head coach Jerome 'Jerry' Waite says although he does not know anything about Mona, they are looking for a good start.

"It's a game we are all looking forward to. Raheem Hill dislocated his collar bone in training on Saturday and that is seen as a setback. However, we are still looking forward to the game. We don't know anything about them (Mona), but we are expecting to start positively," Waite reasoned.

Mona are playing at home and, with home support, could pull off a surprise against Charlie Smith High.

The Eltham vs Spanish Town game is viewed as a derby clash, so both teams will be coming for three points and bragging rights in the parish.

 

Today's games

 

Excelsior vs Tarrant

Greater Portmore vs Tivoli

Clan Carthy vs Kingston

Waterford vs Holy Trinity

Mona vs Charlie Smith

(Home teams named first; all games kick off at 3:30 p.m.)