MoBay double header kicks off schoolboy football season

September 09, 2017
Ian Allen/Staff Photographer In this 2013 file photo Jamaica College boys celebrate during a Manning Cup Football match at the National Stadium.

The 2017 Schoolboy Football season will start this afternoon with a double-header at the Montego Bay Sports Complex with action in ISSA/FLOW daCosta and Manning Cup competitions.

Reigning Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) will face St Andrew Technical (STATHS) in their Zone B fixture at 4 p.m. before Defending daCosta Cup champions Cornwall College tackle Green Pond High in their Zone A fixture at 6:30 p.m. in a cross-town rivalry match.

Cornwall College is in high spirits going into their first match in their quest to defend the title. Coach Dr Dean Weatherly is confident that his team will put up a good performance.

"We are quite confident, for the first game we are hoping to give a good account for ourselves. It's going to be a tough one. It's a well-coached and mature team so we can expect a good game." Weatherly said.

Cornwall College will sport a strong and experienced team coming off the back of last year's win, and Weatherly is expecting goalkeeper Michael Heavens and forwards Garnett Hudson and Denyu Ricketts to stand out this year.


Strong performance


Coach of Green Pond High Gregory Daley wants the boys to play to plan, and is looking to put up a strong performance in order to upset the defending champions.

"It is expected that we go out there and play our best football. We know the opponent is strong, so we need to hold our heads, play to plan, and, hopefully, come out with a victory," Daley said.

Daley is looking for a better performance from his team this year, with his captain, Jordaine Williams leading from the front in order to get past two former champions into the second round. Williams, who has been appointed captain in his first year is expected to come in and make a difference in the team going forward.

"He (Jordaine) has leadership qualities and the players show him a lot of respect," Daley said.

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