Semi-final showdown - Jamaica College vs Holy Trinity; Kingston College vs Wolmer's
Defending ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) and Wolmer's Boys are fancied to get past respective rivals, Holy Trinity High and Kingston College (KC) in today's semi-finals at the National Stadium.
At 4 p.m., JC will line up against Holy Trinity before Wolmer's, the FLOW Super Cup champions, face KC two hours later. Today's winners will meet in the November 26 final.
Three of the four semi-finalists have a rich history in local schoolboy football. JC have 27 titles, KC 14 and Wolmer's 10. Non-traditional Holy Trinity are still seeking their first title.
The unbeaten JC have not broken much of a sweat in their Manning Cup defence so far this season. Their only loss was to Clarendon College in the FLOW Super Cup.
In the Manning Cup second round JC emerged with the maximum nine points scoring ten goals and conceding one. Holy Trinity were far less impressive. They won two and lost one with five goals for and three against.
The key player for JC today will be Duhaney Williams who scored in a 1-0 win over St Jago in the second round while Holy Trinity will look to Karim Brown who helped to eliminate Excelsior in the second round.
According to JC's manager Ian Forbes, JC will not be taking Trinity lightly.
"JC are always motivated to win and we will be expecting a very tough game against a serious opposition," he said.
Devon Anderson, the Holy Trinity coach feels JC will find it difficult to get past his team.
"I don't consider ourselves under-dogs," said Anderson, who led Trinity to the 2014 Flow Super Cup final against JC.
"They are the defending champions but we are ready for a tough game," he assured.
The KC, Wolmer's match should be close.
Wolmer's coach Vassell Reynold who won his first major title in the FLOW Super Cup last weekend, wants to knock KC out of another competition. They beat KC in the semi-finals of that competition while the latter eliminated Wolmer's from the Walker Cup.
"We will be at full strength, the confidence and motivation would have been lifted in winning the FLOW Super Cup," Reynolds said.
Wolmer's will look to Alphanso Gooden (10 goals) and Rivaldo English (8) to get them past KC.
Meanwhile, KC's manager, Derrick Banks, said they expect a 'Purples' win.
"We expect to win the game, as we are very confident through-out the season. We set a goal and a part of that is to win the Manning Cup," he explained.
"They (players) are young but very anxious and eager to prove their worth," Banks reasoned.
KC's star players are midfielder Rashawn MacKison who has scored a competition high 18 goals and Trayvone Reid with six.