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Big Walker Cup semis at Constant Spring

Published:Tuesday | October 18, 2016 | 10:00 AMMarc Stamp
Haile Selassie'sl coach Geoffrey Maxwell
JC's coach Miguel Coley
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First-time Walker Cup semi-finalists, Haile Selassie High, will look to continue their Cinderella run when they face Jamaica College (JC) in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW knockout competition at Constant Spring Complex today. Kick-off time is 3 p.m.

The game is one of a double-header, with the opener featuring Kingston College (KC) and Bridgeport High, set to start at 1 p.m.

Geoffrey Maxwell has been creating waves with Haile Selassie and after an impressive performance in which they beat Excelsior High 6-5 in a penalty shootout last Saturday, he is confident of beating another traditional top schoolboy team.

"It is going to be a very competitive game. I have a fair idea of what to expect from JC. We have to play our game and counter them," Maxwell told The Gleaner yesterday.

"They know what they can achieve, and we are pretty confident that we can win the game and advance to the final," added the former Jamaica player and coach.

Haile Selassie's top players include captain Ricardo Phipps, Akeem Grandison, Hamish Smith and Chase Knight.

Miguel Coley, JC's head coach, said Haile Selassie is a dangerous team.

"They (Haile Selassie) have been playing good football, so we are looking forward to a tough game tomorrow," Coley said.

"It is a semi-final game so the winner will go to the final. We are ready for anything," he also said.

JC will rely on captain Oquin Robinson, Ronaldo Brown, Donovan Dawkins, Maliek Howell and Duhaney Williams.

In the first game, red-hot KC are fancied to get the better of Bridgeport. Under the guidance of Ludlow Bernard, KC have been scoring heavily this season, so they have enough firepower to push Bridgeport on the back foot and take the game.

The KC key players include Rashawn Mackison, Travonne Reid and Fabian Grant.

Bridgeport, on the other hand, have a young team that could create a huge upset on the day.