Thomas confident XLCR can challenge for Manning Cup

September 26, 2017
Shavar Thomas

Coach of Excelsior High School Shavar Thomas said that despite Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Kingston College (KC), he is confident that they can challenge for all three trophies in the ISSA-FLOW schoolboy competition this season.

Thomas, a former national player, told STAR Sports that he is confident that his team will rebound from Saturday's defeat.

"The focus still remains the same - all three trophies we are competing for, and that hasn't changed because this defeat hasn't derailed us or dampened our spirits," said Thomas.

"We just have to get the guys to start believing again and refocus and go at it again."

Excelsior, who reached the quarter-finals of last year's competition, are currently second in Group D on 10 points.

Their record stands at three wins, one draw, and one defeat. They have scored 10 goals while conceding four.

KC, who are unbeaten in the competition, lead the group with 15 points from five matches.

Thomas added that his team could have done a lot better against KC, but some silly mistakes at crucial points in the game resulted in their downfall.

"I am disappointed, but we just have to refocus and come again," said Thomas. "We just made some simple mistakes, and that really cost us the game," Thomas said.

Ryan Spence, Tyrick Sutherland, Chad McKen, Raewin Senior and Alique Skerrit are senior players leading Excelsior's charge this season.

They will play away to Ardenne this afternoon in their sixth match in the group.

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