JC, STATHS face off in crucial Group B clash
Reigning champions Jamaica College (JC) will face off against St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in a top-of-the-table Group A clash in the ISSA/Flow Manning Cup return round at STATHS field, today, starting at 3:30 p.m.
Both teams are on 14 points, but JC lead with a superior goal difference. In six previous games, JC scored 21 goals with four against for a plus 17 difference, while STATHS scored 12 times and conceded twice for a +10 goal difference.
It will be a crucial game in the group as a win for either team could go a long way in determining who come out on top at the completion of the group stage.
In the first game, the teams battled to a 1-1 draw on the opening day at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay. Since then, they have been going head to head in the group.
STATHS will be on home turf and quietly confident of pleasing supporters by winning today against the many time champions.
"It is a very crucial game for both teams as the teams are only separated by goal difference," technical director of STATHS, Michael 'Jah Mikes' Williams told STAR Sports yesterday.
"We played them in the first game, and have improved by playing better football. The team led by goalkeeper and captain Jeadine White have been sturdy defensively. We are also playing good offensively with six good attackers," he said, adding that White is leading from the front.
Growing in confidence
'He is growing in confidence and performing well in goal. Jeadine played for Cavalier in the Super League last year, and that has boosted him in the Manning Cup," Williams added.
White apart, STATHS will rely on their top goalscorer, Jevoney Johnson, who is on four goals; defender David Smith; midfielder Armani Reid, and striker Oneil Hayden.
On the other hand, JC might not be the force they have been in the last four years when they won the title.
The Miguel Coley-coached team, which has been looking better after a slow start, will depend on Tyreek Magee in midfield as well as former Holy Trinity student Tevin Rochester to come away with a positive result.
In a Group G top clash, leaders Calabar, on maximum 18 points from six games, play away to second-place Charlie Smith High, which are on 15 points at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town.
Charlie Smith went down 2-3 to Calabar, and the Jerome Waite-coached team will be seeking revenge, today.