Big guns out for Manning Cup Cup final

November 26, 2016
JC's coach Miguel Coley.
Wolmer's Boys coach Vassell Reynolds
Wolmer's Boys players (from left) Alphanso Gooden, Xavion Crossdale and goalscorer Marios Sailsman celebrate after taking the lead against Haile Selassie High in their second round Manning Cup encounter at the Constant Spring Complex yesterday. Wolmer's won 1-0.
JC's striker Duhaney Williams and Kevin Rochester.
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Wolmer's will go in search of their first Manning Cup title in over 20 years when they face off against three-time defending champion Jamaica College at the National Stadium this evening.

But coach Vassell Reynolds says his team is bursting with confidence from the FLOW Super Cup victory, and he is confident the coveted trophy will be theirs at the end of the game on Saturday.

"I think we will win but it's two good teams and we will have to go with A game," he said.

"I told people even before the Super Cup that since I have been coaching, I have never seen

this level of confidence among my players, and since we won the Super Cup and the (Manning Cup) semi-final, the confidence has risen," he added.

Reynolds admitted that their defence has been their strength this season. However, he said the mistakes most teams make is believing that they are solely a defensive unit, but only to their peril, as with 45 goals in 14 Manning Cup matches he says their statistics spell a different story.

"But this is a final and both teams will be motivated to give their best, as it is the Manning Cup at stake. But we need it more than them. I think we will give our all and I am almost certain with a little luck the Manning Cup will be at Heroes Circle," he stated.

The two teams met in the 2013 final with Jamaica College coming away 3-2 victors and many argue that Miguel Coley's JC has not faced any of the tournament's big guns to date this season, and that Wolmer's are more battle ready based on the opponents they have faced.

Coley, however, is not perturbed and is just happy to be in the final to defend their title.

"Winning the Manning Cup is always on our agenda and to be in the final will give us the best chance to go out and achieve our objective. Before the semi-finals people were saying Holy Trinity is a big team, a tricky team and how they were going to defeat us but we crossed that hurdle again.

"We have a final in front of us and in terms of a big team, we have Wolmer's in front of us and that's the most important thing," he commented.

He noted that Wolmer's will be on a high after their Super Cup triumph and says full respect must be shown to their opponent.

"They are a good competitor they are in the final we respect every team. They have won a competition so far, so we have to give respect to that as well. But Jamaica College, we know our team, we know our strength, we know our determination and what we are all about," he concluded.

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