JC, St George's meet in Manning Cup final
TODAY is the blockbuster Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association ISSA/Flow Manning Cup final between the competition's most winning teams Jamaica College and St George's College, who between them have over 50 Manning Cup titles locked away.
JC will lock horns with perennial rivals StGC inside what is expected to be a sold-out Sabina Park at 5 p.m. where the Corporate Area's hottest teams will renew rivalry for the second time this season.
In the Manning Cup, JC is unbeaten while St George's, who lost two preliminary round matches, bounced back emphatically to defeat every opponent, including JC 4-0 in the Flow Super Cup recently.
Despite seeing his team surrender two goals against Denham Town in the semi-final last week, coach Miguel Coley said JC will be ready for their rivals today.
"Defensively we have to work with them in training and prepare them," said Coley.
"It's gonna be a lot of intense preparation and hard work. Definitely, we can retain our titles it's just to work on some details," he added.
JC are eyeing three straight titles, though arguably, they do not seem as clinical as in previous years.
Meanwhile, St George's' coach, Neville Bell said despite the public's favourite tag, he is expecting a tougher JC than the one his charges previously routed 4-0 in the Super Cup.
"I think we are a very, very good team but I also think the Jamaica College team is a good team also, so again we look forward to the final," he said.
"We are fired up for the game. We play hard every game, all the teams that come against us they come to beat us and Jamaica College will be no different, so we are fired up. We are here to play good football and to win as many titles as possible," he added.
Today's winner will make either JC's Coley a three-time Manning Cup winner, or Bell a six-time winner, with his alma mater St George's College. It would be St George's first time since 2012.
Meanwhile, St George's striker Alex Marshall said he does not expect the same easy rout of the reigning Manning Cup champions.
The player had a hand in all four goals when the teams last met, including a brace.
"I know it's not going to be the same, they are going to come bigger and stronger so we just have to go out there and play our type of football. Well the team will put on a show," Marshall, who has scored 26 goals in all competitions, said.
"All we have to do is just go out there and play our game, and hope for the best.