Olivier Shield showdown - JC look to maintain urban dominance
Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) will put their Olivier Shield title on the line today when they take on daCosta Cup winners Rusea's High at the National Stadium starting at 6 p.m.
JC, who will be seeking their third title of the season, will also be hoping to secure a fifth straight Olivier Shield title and their 22nd overall. The Miguel Coley-coached JC won their first Olivier Shield title way back in 1909.
Ian Forbes, manager of JC, who will be on his team's bench today after serving a one-match suspension from ISSA during the Manning Cup final, said he is very optimistic about the Old Hope Road-based school's chances.
"We are expecting and anticipating a tough game against our opponents because they have done well in winning the daCosta Cup," Forbes said.
"We have prepared well, and I think once we go out there and execute our game plan, we are confident of a positive result because the players are ready, in good spirits, and prepared for the game," Forbes added.
The Dark Blues, who have also lifted the Walker Cup KO title this season, will be led by their inspirational midfielder Tyreek Magee.
He is expected to receive valuable support from captain Maliek Howell, Norman Campbell, Shaniel Thomas and Tevin Rochester.
On the other hand, coach Vassell Reynolds who led Rusea's to their 11th hold on the daCosta Cup last Saturday, said they are very focused and determined to return the Olivier Shield to the rural area.
"This is something that we are riding on in terms of the motivation, and we are prepared to give our best to ensure that we come out victorious in this game," said Reynolds.
"We are very confident, but we recognise that it is a new environment and it is the backyard of Jamaica College, and history is on their side because they are a very confident team," he said.
Reynolds added: "I didn't expect them to win the Manning Cup, but they have been champions for the past five seasons and they have a very good programme under coach Coley. We are aware of all these factors, and we know that it is going to be a difficult game."
Rusea's will be depending heavily on Leonardo Fogarty and Daniel Reid, who were the scorers in the daCosta Cup final against Clarendon College. They are expected to receive good support from Nazine Matalie and Shawn Bradford.