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Revenge! - Holy Trinity look to turn tables on JC in Champions Cup blockbuster

Published:Saturday | November 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Shai Smith (right) Captain of Holy Trinity goes down from a tackle from Nathan Hunter from Jamaica College during their Manning Cup semi-final match at the National Stadium last season.

Having been beaten 2-1 by Jamaica College (JC) in the quarter-finals of ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup, Devon Anderson, head coach of Holy Trinity, said his team is very determined to turn the tables on his opponents when both teams clash in the quarter-finals of Champions Cup competition.

The match will be played at the Stadium East field starting at 4:00 p.m. In the second match of the double-header, St George's College will take on St Andrew Technical High School at 6:00 p.m.

Holy Trinity were also beaten 2-0 by JC in the 2014 final and last year's semi-finals and according to Anderson, those defeats are still fresh in his mind and so they are ready to put on a good showing this afternoon.

"We are looking forward to a very competitive game because we know what we have to do and we are going out there with a plan to do that," said Anderson."It is a do-or-die situation and so JC is coming out to play, and so are we , and so we are just going out there to play our style of football to ensure that we win the game," he said.

Holy Trinity, who secured their spot in the quarter-finals after an exciting 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Dinthill Technical after 0-0 draw at full-time, will rest their hopes in the hands of striker Phillon Lawrence, who scored 14 goals in this year's Manning Cup competition.

He is expected to receive support from Roy Evelyn, who netted eight goals this season, Carlington Blackwood and Noel Bunsie.

JC, who are one of the favourites to win the title this year, booked their spot in the quarter-finals with an easy 4-0 win over Mile Gully.




However, JC's coach Andrew Peart, said although his team is pumped up for today's clash but he is expecting a tough encounter from his opponents.

"It is going to be a tough game because they are out of Manning Cup and so their sole focus is on the Champions Cup, and we just have to be ready to face this challenge," said Peart.

"We have been steadily improving and our last game on Saturday was a result of that, and that game has certainly given the team a lot of confidence going into this game," he said.The Dark Blues will be looking to key players Shaniel Thomas, Norman Campbell, Tajay Grant and Isaac Scott to lead them to victory.