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STETHS, JC in Super Cup battle

Published:Saturday | November 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Reigning Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) and daCosta Cup winners St Elizabeth Tech-nical High School (STETHS) will meet in today's big feature match in the semi-final of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/LIME Super Cup Knockout football competition.

The match, which pits two of the island's best schoolboy teams, will be played at the National Stadium, starting at 4 p.m. It will be preceded by an encounter between Wolmer's Boys' and surprise team Holy Trinity at 2 p.m.

Wolmer's will enter today's match oozing confidence after their big 3-0 victory over St George's College in the quarter-finals last weekend.

However, they will face a very dangerous Holy Trinity side, which thrashed Garvey Maceo 4-0 in their quarter-final encounter.

The Ludlow Bernard-coached Wolmer's will start as the favourites to win today's game based on the depth and quality of their line-up, which includes former national Under-17 striker Jaheel Hyde, who scored two goals in the quarter-finals.

Holy Trinity will be looking to their top players in André Leslie, who notched a brace against Garvey Maceo, along with Shamar Smith, Joel Sterling, and Tevin Rochester.

The feature match is expected to be very exciting, as JC and STETHS will be at full strength.

Both teams play a similar attacking style of football, which should provide a lot of entertainment and excitement for the fans.

The 'Dark Blues' have grown in confidence as the season progressed, and booked their spot in the semi-final with a close 2-1 win over Hydel High.

POWERFUL ATTACKING UNIT

The Miguel Coley-coached JC, who have already set a date with St George's in the final of the Walker Cup knockout competition, have assembled a powerful attacking unit that includes former national Under-17 striker Junior Flemmings, Akeem Shackleford, Raffique Bryan and Rolando Brown.

The vastly experienced Flemmings, who is among the top players in schoolboy football this season, has scored 13 goals in all competitions.

STETHS, who are unbeaten in all competitions, have been having an excellent season in the daCosta Cup, which sees them currently sitting atop Zone R with six points from two matches in the second round.

Prolific striker Donjay Smith, who scored one of the goals in his team's 2-1 quarter-final victory over Camperdown High, is expected to lead his side's hunt for goals. The powerfully built Smith has so far netted 17 goals in all competitions this season.

Rohan Lindsay, who also scored for STETHS in their victory over Camperdown, is expected to provide support for Smith up front.