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Chance for redemption - KC, STETHS look to end disappointing seasons on a high note

Published:Saturday | November 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey

Having endured a miserable campaign were they failed to reach the final of the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup competitions, heavyweights Kingston College (KC) and St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) will look to avoid ending the season empty-handed when they clash in the final ISSA/Flow Super Cup competition today.

The match will be played at Sabina Park starting at 7p.m.

KC, who were the preseason favourites to win the Manning Cup competition, suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to St Andrew Technical in Wednesday's semi-final at the National Stadium.

The Ludlow Bernard-coached Purples were also dethroned of their Walker Cup Knockout trophy, when they were beaten 2-1 by rivals Jamaica College in the final.

Bernard said they are very determined to take a piece of silverware back to North Street.

"The team is in redemption mode and is looking forward to Saturday's (today's) encounter," said Bernard. "They know that they are more deserving and will want to win a trophy for the school."

Bernard added that six of his starting players will be playing their last game for KC and so they are committed to leaving with a silverware.

KC will be replying heavily on the likes of striker Rashawn Mackison, who has scored 20 goals in the Manning Cup. He is also the joint leading scorer in the Super Cup with three goals along with Calabar's Colin Anderson.

Mackison is expected to receive support from Ronaldo Robinson, Trevon Reid, Javain Brown and Fabian Grant towards their charge to victory.

On the other hand, rural area powerhouses STETHS has also endured a disappointed campaign, as they lost out at the semi-finals stage of the Ben Francis Knockout and daCosta Cup competitions.

In fact, they were thrashed 5-2 by Rusea's in the semi-final daCosta Cup on Tuesday.

Omar 'Rambo' Wedderburn, coach of STETHS, said his players are aware of what is at stake today and so they are very focused on the task ahead.

"Honestly, I am not pressured right now likewise the players, because we are aware of the situation and we are conscious about it and if we want to win anything then this is the game," said Wedderburn.

"If we fail to do so in this game then we have to plan for next year and so we are all ready and focused to go at this one," he said.

"We are not the happiest bunch right now because we always plan our season to reach to the final, as that is where you can win a trophy or two, but we didn't make it into the Ben Francis and daCosta Cup finals and we only made it to the Flow Super Cup final," Wedderburn said.

He added: "We are coming with the intention to get this trophy because as you know that rivalry between country and town is not going to die as long as life lasts and so we get the chance to crown ourselves champions and so it all about who need it most."