'Trademark' football to guide JC's Manning Cup chase
Miguel Coley, Jamaica College (JC) triple-crown winning Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association-FLOW Manning Cup coach, says his team is eyeing nothing but a winning campaign, while playing their trademark-style football.
Coley coached the Old Hope Road institution to an unbeaten Manning Cup run last season, alongside the all-island knockout Olivier Shield.
"It's gonna be a very tough and competitive season. We have a template basically, and we are trying to find players who fit in that, and it's gonna be very critical they do, and as we ask them to peak at the right time, is gonna be critical as well," he said.
The reigning Manning Cup and Olivier Shield holders will open their title defence away to St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex, located in western Jamaica.
The match will kick off at 2:45 p.m.
"It's not about being favourite. We are Jamaica College and we pride ourselves on being number one in whatever we do. We have a responsibility to help make these guys be better footballers and better academically," Coley reasoned.
The coach is expecting his team, which will be led by captain Oquin Robinson, to play competitive football from the start.
Other players to watch will be forward Donovan Dawkins, who also plays for Tivoli Gardens in the Red Stripe Premier League, and who scored last season's winning Manning Cup goal.
He will be supported by Tyreek McGhee and Malik Powell.
"We will be going out to fight for all trophies and look to play good football and entertain our fans," Coley told STAR Sports.
"I am expecting stiff competition from Charlie Smith, Jonathan Grant, Kingston College, the likes of the Wolmer's Boys, Hydel and St George's College, among others," he reasoned, adding, "I am expecting us to work even harder than last year."