StGC hunt maximum against Charlie Smith
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Title-holders St George's College will attempt to move one step closer to a place in the semi-finals of the ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel Manning Cup football competition, when they play last year's beaten finalists Charlie Smith at 3p.m. in Group J second-round action at the Constant Spring Sports Complex today.
The match will be one of two at the venue, with the group's other match-up, Camperdown versus Holy Trinity, at 1p.m.
St George's, which lead the group with three points after one game, will be looking to end Charlie Smith's campaign.
Charlie Smith, after drawing their first two games, are second in the group on two points and must win to avoid elimination.
"We are upbeat heading into the encounter and will be going for maximum points," said St George's assistant coach, Marcel Gayle.
St George's, who defeated neighbours and surprise qualifiers Holy Trinity 2-0 in their opening fixture, will welcome back six players who served national duties during the Caribbean Football Union Under-20 Championship last week.
They are goalkeeper Nico Campbell, forward Oshane Boote, midfielders Andre Lewis and Zhelano Barnes, Romario Jones and Mark Brown.
They will join forces with Kendon Anderson, who netted a brace against Holy Trinity and midfielder Cordell Benbow, who was also outstanding.
Charlie Smith, on the other hand, who drew 0-0 with Camperdown in their second fixture, after drawing 1-1 with Holy Trinity in their first, are likely to bank their hopes on forward Lennox Russell and their midfielders, captain Tamar Edwards, Roger Bucknor and Shannon Brown.
"Our plan is to just go there to play good football," said Charlie Smith coach, Jerome Waite. "Presently, we are unbeaten and one of our aim this season was to finish unbeaten ... so if we are able to achieve this and it is good enough to take us to the next round then so be it."
In the curtain-raiser Camperdown, on one point, will be looking to win to make Wednesday's rescheduled fixture against St George's meaningful. Holy Trinity, in the meantime, will be hoping to win and keep their mathematical chance of advancing alive.