Cumberland aim to surprise Charlie Smith
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Cumberland High will look to ambush former champions Charlie Smith High when the teams meet this afternoon in the LIME/Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Manning Cup schoolboy football competition at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, starting at 3:30 p.m.
Following a 0-0 draw against Group B favourites, Excelsior High last Saturday at Cumberland High, coach Wayne Fraser is confident that his young team can win today.
"I told my players that we won't fear any team. We have a good record at the Anthony Spaulding Complex, having drawn all previous games there," Fraser told The Gleaner yesterday.
"Our aim is to beat at least one of the big teams in the group. We have a young team and had some problems in pre-season and started training some two weeks ago. We are working very hard to come out of the group and qualify for the LIME Super Cup," he disclosed.
The coach said that it will take a total team effort to advance beyond the preliminary stage. However, he has two 11-year-olds in the squad.
"We played 11-year-old Athan Lewis as a second-half substitute against Excelsior, and the plan is to include another 11-year-old, Mark Mitchell, in tomorrow's (today's) game. Our plan is to include promising young players from early into the Manning Cup team in order to build," the coach added.
Meanwhile, Charlie Smith started the season with a 1-0 win against Mona High away, and are aiming to win their first home game of the season.
The Jerome Waite-coached Charlie Smith will certainly seek to stop Cumberland in front of home fans.