Selassie plan to strike Trinity
Haile Selassie High's coach, Perry Bartley, said his team will show number-one seed Holy Trinity little or no respect when they face off in the return leg of their round-of-16 Manning Cup game this afternoon at Constant Spring.
Haile Selassie upstaged top-ranked Holy Trinity 2-0 in the first leg on Tuesday. Bartley said he will not adjust his game to suit the 2016 semi-finalists.
"My aim is not to show this opponent much respect, or any respect at all. I am not going to change my style of play to suit any team. We have a next 90 minutes to play, it would be best if we can keep them from scoring like we did Tuesday," he said.
Bartley said his biggest task is trying to keep the players grounded after their unexpected victory. With 90 minutes left to play, they are not home and dried. He believes the key to getting a positive result this afternoon is getting a stronger start to the game.
"It's more about trying to keep the guys focussed. They are young minds and will figure more or less that they go into the second leg with a two-nil lead, so they are home and dried. It's just to keep them focussed, keep them grounded," he said
"If we could do anything different, we would want to start with a much better impact. They had a better start. This game, we would like to start with a higher intensity, instead of letting them push us on the back foot. If we can shut down a few players, we know we will have the game under control," he added.
Haile Selassie will look to Tajay Carlass, Tyrese Bloomfield, Tisson Bailey and Roberto Freeman to lead them across the line. Holy Trinity's chance of getting back depends on Shai Smith, Dillion McEnnis, Raheem Francis, Fabrizzio Burton and Dante Green.