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Reynolds, Coley expect top Manning Cup final

Published:Thursday | November 24, 2016 | 11:00 AMLivingston Scott

Miguel Coley, the coach of defending Manning Cup champions Jamaica College and his counterpart, Vassell Reynolds of Wolmer's Boys, are both confident that their sides will be at their optimum when the two schools face off for the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup title at the National Stadium this Saturday.

The two coaches were speaking at press conference at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) secretariat yesterday.

Jamaica College have won the last three editions of the tournament and will be going for their fourth straight title, which would push their overall tally to 28. Despite being tight-lipped about his tactics for the game, Coley says he expects his team and players to turn up with their 'A' game on Saturday pointing out also that despite winning the last three titles, Jamaica College remain driven and hungry for success.

"At Jamaica College, we understand that success means more success. Excellence is going out there every single time and optimising their ability. This is the final, and we are happy to be here. We are happy for our sponsors and all the media houses. You (media) have done your job by broadcasting the event. Now it's up to the teams to come and give it their all and for us to give our final presentation," he said.

"Our intention is to be the number-one school, not only in Jamaica but in the Caribbean. Some (players) have never won the Manning Cup before, but they are hungry, and we are hungry," he added.

Wolmer's have waited 22 years for what would be their 11th hold on the urban-area schoolboy title, and although midfielder, Yannick Elliot, has been carrying a knock, Reynolds is confident his team can come with their best game on Saturday.

"We expect to see both teams at their best really," he reasoned. "This is a final and we cannot predict how the youngsters will go out there and deliver, but I know both teams will be prepared for the occasion," he said.

"From a coach's point of view, I hope they (both teams) display their true potential for the football lovers, the JC and Wolmer's fans. The Wolmer's team have played the most games and we would have done a tremendous job in terms of recuperation and nutrition. So I think we should be ready physically. But we are hoping we can deliver our best game, and I am certain that once we deliver our best game, we will be victors," Reynolds said.