St George's send warning to JC
Having netted seven goals in their opening match on Monday against Tarrant, St George's College signalled their intent of wresting the title from Jamaica College, who were held to a 1-1 draw by St Andrew Technical at Montego Bay Sports Complex at the weekend.
St George's made the quarter-finals of last year's Manning Cup competition, but failed to qualify for the Flow Super Cup after finishing second behind group winners Excelsior.
However, they have assembled a well-rounded team for this year's championship, acquiring three players from North Street rivals Kingston College - Jamar Pusey, Jahvoughan Francis and Jordan Peterkin.
The Light Blues have also retained the services of goalkeeper Hakeem Francis, Akeem Robotham, Mathew Wilson, Paul Young Jr, and Arseno Hamilton.
However, the Georgians, who last won back-to-back titles 2011-12, have lost key players from last season, including national senior team invitee Alex Marshall, who is 19 and no longer eligible to play.
Assistant coach Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle is cautiously optimistic about his team's chances this season.
"The aim is to win, but we are taking it in stages. Every game is different and, hopefully, at the end of the season, we can finish on top," Gayle told STAR Sports.
"We still have some weaknesses in the squad, and we have seen some strengths, so we are going to work on these weak areas and improve the strengths," Gayle said.
St George's, drawn in Group D, will take on Kingston Technical in their next match, Saturday, at Deanery Road.
The other teams in the group are Denham Town, St Catherine, Vauxhall, and Tarrant.