Champs to face STATHS in Manning Cup opener

September 10, 2016

Reigning FLOW/Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) champions Jamaica College will oppose St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in the opening game of the new season tomorrow at Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay, St James, starting at 2:45 p.m.

Having won the last three Manning Cup titles, and 25 overall, JC will start the hunt for another trophy.

JC's long-serving football manager, Ian Forbes, says the aim is to take it one step at a time.

"Well, we are pretty much taking it one step at a time. We have prepared well for the new season and will look to continue our rich tradition in schoolboy football," Forbes told STAR Sports yesterday.

"We won't get ahead of ourselves in thinking that we must win. The squad is a good one. And we are hoping that the supporters who play a big role in our success over the years come out in MoBay," he added.

"It's extremely important to start the season with a win. We are hoping for a positive result against STATHS," Forbes further said.

On the other hand, veteran schoolboy coach Alrick Clarke, who took over STATHS last year, says he has a young team, but they will give of their best.

"At the moment, we are about 60 per cent ready for the new season. It's a young team, we are not there yet, but here to compete. We hope to get out of the first round," said Clarke, who won the Manning Cup at Norman Manley High.

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