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Wedderburn confident in STETHS 'gladiators'

Published:Tuesday | November 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMKavarly Arnold
Rusea's High’s Nazime Matalie (left) challenges Brown’s Town High’s Franklyn Thompson (right) during their second-round ISSA/FLOW DaCosta Cup match at Montego Bay Sports Complex in October.
St Elizabeth Technical's (STETHS) players celebrate a goal against Lacovia High during an ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup match in Santa Cruz on September 18.

The race for the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup will resume this afternoon with the second semi-final in a double-header at the Montego Bay Sports Complex between Super Cup finalists St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and 10-time champions Rusea's High at 6 p.m.

The first match will kick off at 4 p.m. between Ben Francis Cup champions Clarendon College and 1981 winners Dinthill Technical High.

STETHS will be going into today's game with high spirits on the back of Saturday's come-from-behind win over Calabar High, overturning a two-goal deficit to draw the game level and winning on penalties to advance to the final of the ISSA/FLOW Super Cup.

Omar 'Rambo' Wedderburn, coach of STETHS, noted that it is a must-win game, so they are prepared to fight to the finish, as it is the only way they will have a chance at the title.

"This is a must-win game that I think is going to be a technical and tactical game that will boil down to who wants it the most. It's like you put two gladiators in a ring to fight. At the end, only one will be left standing, and I think we will be that gladiator," said Wedderburn.

Rusea's, who last won the daCosta Cup in 2011, is now under the guidance of Coach Vassell Reynolds. He said that his side is keen on finishing the season positively and he believes that the only way to do so is with the trophy.

Reynolds said that he is expecting an interesting encounter as they would want to feed off the support of the fans. He, however, noted they are in for a tough game as the STETHS team is high on confidence at the moment.

"We are up against a never-say-die and confident STETHS team, especially coming off Saturday's big morale-booster. We have always had the support, so we are just looking to deliver our A-game and come out with a positive result," said Reynolds.

"This season has been good so far, but we are hell-bent on finishing on a positive note, and the only way we can do that is by coming out victorious, thus advancing to the final," he added.