FLOW Super Cup kicks off - Hot Clarendon College look to keep perfect record
Clarendon College will put their perfect record on the line when they face Calabar High in the opening game of the fourth edition of the ISSA/FLOW Super Cup at Montego Bay Sports Complex today, starting at 5 p.m.
Unbeaten Clarendon are coming off a big 4-1 win against previously unbeaten Dinthill Technical in the ISSA/FLOW Ben Francis Cup final two days ago and having won their first silverware this season will be looking to now pocket the Super Cup.
In fact, Clarendon will still be nursing some of the bruises from the Ben Francis final as they will be back on the pitch in less than 48 hours after beating Dinthill in extra time. Coach Byjeon Thomas said that they will be giving it their best shot.
"It is definitely not good recovery time after the Ben Francis final that ended in extra time but we will have to make the best of it. The body needs at least 48 hours to recover from a game. The game tomorrow is important because we want to keep the winning momentum going," Thomas told The Gleaner yesterday from Montego Bay, where the Clarendon team is already settled.
PRETTY GOOD HEALTH
"This is an opportunity for us to get into another semi-final. We got a few knocks from the game against Dinthill, but what we did is have an ice bath for the players, so they are okay. Everybody is in pretty good health," he shared.
"It is important to continue winning because we want to win more trophies. We have to continue winning, as right now there is no room for losing. If you lose, you are out of a competition," Thomas pointed out.
Clarendon will rely on Nicque Daley and Lamar Walker, who are the team's joint leading scorers on 17 goals apiece. They are expected to get support from co-captain Ricardo McIntosh, who missed the last game due to a suspension, goalkeeper and the other co-captain Benjamin Williams, Kimani McIntyre and Demario Phillips.
Meanwhile, Calabar's head coach Lijyasu Simms, said that he is aware that Clarendon are strong down the flanks and will look to stop the attacks.
"We are working on recovery (after the big 1-6 loss to Jamaica College in the Walker Cup semi-final) as we head into the game against Clarendon," Simms said.
"Clarendon are a good team and they are not going to give us the three points, so we have to beat them," he added.
Calabar will look to surprise the high-flying Clarendon with leading players Matthew Sterling, Colin Anderson, Diandre Burrowes, Kalfari Brown and Navarado Thomas.
In the second game, St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) will meet St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) at 7 p.m.
STETHS are favoured to win, but STATHS are strong defensively, so a close and competitive game is anticipated.
Coach of STETHS Omar 'Rambo' Wedderburn said that the game is important as it is a must-win situation.
"It is a very important game for us, one that we must win to get into the other round. We lost in the Ben Francis Cup, but we are lucky enough to continue playing. We had time to look back and reflect on the bad things," Wedderburn said.
"We will try to do the right things tomorrow and see where it takes us. Honestly, I heard that STATHS are a good defensive team with one of the best youth goalkeeper (Jadean White). We will go there to execute our game plan and see how long we can concentrate," he said.
STETHS will be without suspended senior player Demar James and will look to Clifton 'Beckham' Woodbine and Damani Henderson to get past a tough STATHS team.
Technical director of STATHS, Michael 'Jah Mikes' Williams said that his team's strength is their outstanding goalkeeper.
"STETHS are a team that over the years have shown that they can play. We actually camped down there (during the summer) and got a view of what they are like," Williams said.
"They are a ball playing team, so we have to be on our A game at all time. We have a good goalkeeper (White), so we are looking at the attackers to step up and score," he pointed out.