Holy Trinity look to continue ruthless form
Top-ranked Holy Trinity will face off against number 16 team Haile Selassie in the new format of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup second round at Constant Spring today, starting at 3 p.m.
Holy Trinity were ruthless in the previous round, scoring 50 times and conceding just five goals and topped Group F in the preliminary stage on 28 points with nine wins and a drawn encounter from 10 games.
Haile Selassie sneaked into the second round by virtue of been the second-best third- place teams. However, that could count for nothing as the teams will battle in a two-way tie, for a place in the quarter-final group stage.
Under the new format, the group winners, the runners-up in each group, and the best two third places were seeded by ranking points.
The teams were drawn based on ranking points and play in a home-and-away tie in the second round. The winners of each second-round tie (on aggregate) will move on to the quarter-finals stage, where they will be placed in two groups.
After the quarter-finals group ends, winners and runners-up in each group will advance to the semi-finals. Semi-final winners will contest the final.
Although seen as the underdogs, coach of Haile Selassie High, Perry Bartley, said his team holds no fear.
'"In all the groups (preliminary), the nature of the opponents were different. We were in a tough group and finished behind Wolmer's and Tivoli. We will treat all games serious as this is the knockout stage," Bartley told STAR Sports yesterday.
'They (Holy Trinity) are the top seed and we aim to put them on the back burner. We are not going to change our style of play," he added.
Bartley said that influential captain Tajay Carlas is key to their chances. Carlas will play alongside Chase Knight and Jonas Smith who both scored against Pembroke Hall in their 2-0 win last Saturday. That victory pushed Haile Selassie into the second round.
Coach of high-flying Holy Trinity, Devon 'Pablo' Anderson, says his team will not change their attacking style.
"The numbers don't really matter in terms of seeding. We are not going to take them light. We want to go out there and continue to play good football," Anderson said.
Holy Trinity will again look to captain and top striker Shai Smith, central defender Fabrizzo Burton and midfielder Dante Green.
• 3 p.m. - Holy Trinity vs Haile Selassie High at Constant Spring Complex
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• 3 p.m. - St George's College vs St Jago at Prison Oval