Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Beaten 2011 Ben Francis Knockout finalists, Manchester High School, are in line to make another final, providing they beat Grange Hill High in today's semi-final at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay, St James.
According to coach Sheldon Davis, he wants to set the record straight. First he wants to get past the determined Grange Hill side that took care of one of the perennial title contenders, Frome Technical, at the quarter-final stage. Then to avenge the loss they sustained last year at the hands of STETHS.
"Last year, we lost out to STETHS; we know we may face them again in the final, but whoever make it we will be ready. Our fist task is to defeat Grange Hill and then take it from there," said Davis.
NEXT UP, GRANGE HILL
Manchester stopped the highly touted Spalding 6-5 on penalties to advance to today's semi-final and will be depending on the likes of goalkeeper Akeem Nelson, outstanding defender and team captain Coneil Beckford and striker Delroy Miller to get past Grange Hill.
Miller is a national Under-20 invitee and should provide the spark that could set Manchester on fire in this semi-final, but coach Davis is well aware it will take more than Miller's instinct for goal to put away the Dane Warren-coached school.
"We are going all out to win this match; we are aware of what they have to offer, but what we have is enough," said Davis.
Akeem Shackleford, Grange Hill's front man and Tremaine Thompson are the two players Manchester will pay most attention to. They have tormented opposing defences in previous matches and again will look to lead the Westmoreland school to a historic first final.
But that will depend on how organised they are in midfield, where Manchester boast a number of talented players.
"Getting back to the final is what we are hoping to do. Grange Hill is in our way so we have to beat them first and once we do that, we want to win it all," Davis said.