St Catherine seek win at all cost against Wolmer’s
St Catherine High head coach Anthony Patrick has called for his team to avoid complacency in a tight Group C when they face Wolmer’s Boys in the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup at Stadium East at 3 p.m. today.
The 2019 Walker Cup winners are in third place with seven points, with an inferior goal difference (four) compared to second-place Mona High, who are also on seven points (eight). Despite an unbeaten start to the season with two wins from three games, Patrick said that their previous two outings have not been at the levels that he would like.
“We started well, but I think the last two games we weren’t up to standard. That is a bit of concern for me, but they have been looking forward to the last two training sessions so hopefully, we can carry it over into the game,” Patrick said.
St Catherine have scored four goals in three games, which include their 3-0 win over Papine High on November 27. Patrick says that better execution in the final third has an emphasis for his team against a Wolmer’s team that he expects will be difficult and physical.
“The finishing is a major concern,” he said. “We have been creating but not finishing as we should. In the midfield, yes we turn over the ball a lot, but that’s not the major issue.
“We are in good stead but we have to get three points by any means necessary. We have to work hard and try and grind out a win.”
Finishing has been also the main area of focus for Wolmer’s according to coach Sean Fraser, whose second-round chances are on life support with only one win from their three games. While not ruling themselves out of the race, he is more focused on ensuring his team get the necessary growth as a unit for the long term.
“It’s a developmental process but it’s hard,” he said. “The fraternity is used to success and when you are not getting it, it comes down on the coach. But for me, it’s about developing these youth and have them get ready for next year because this year we knew what the situation was.”
Wolmer’s are in fourth place with three points.
Second-place Mona High will face Clan Carthy at Ashenheim Stadium at 3 p.m. hoping that they can take one step closer towards second-round qualification themselves. Group C leaders Kingston College (nine points) will face Papine in the early game of the Stadium East double-header at noon, hoping to extend their three-match winning streak.
Group C Matches
Mona v Clan Carthy 3 p.m. Ashenheim Stadium
Kingston College v Papine 12 p.m. Stadium East
Wolmer’s v St Catherine 3 p.m. Stadium East