STATHS looking to stop giant killing St Catherine

October 21, 2017
Camperdown's Jomoi Topey (airborne, right) challenges St Andrew Technical's goalkeeper Jeadine White (airborne, left) during their Manning Cup second round encounter at the Stadium East field on Wednesday. The game ended in a 0-0 draw.

St Andrew Technical's (STATHS) technical director, Michael 'Jah Mikes' Williams, says their ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup quarter-final game against St Catherine at the Constant Spring Field at 1 p.m. today will be tricky for both teams, as they know very little of each other.

However, Williams is confident that STATHS can get the result against the competition's surprise team, St Catherine and manoeuvre their way into the semi-finals. St Andrew are grouped alongside St George's College, Holy Trinity and today's opponent, and Williams thinks that STATHS has what it takes to continue their unbeaten run this season.

"It will be tricky for them too because they don't know us either," Williams said. "It is going to be very interesting because both teams are in the unknown. We have to go in the game positive and with all the experience we have gathered. We have to play smart and play tight.

"They have an experienced coach in (Anthony) Patrick, so for the first 15 minutes, we have to assess them quickly and make the adjustment. I have never seen them before but we can't take them lightly. We must come into this game with a positive attitude. But we are confident," he said.

St Catherine has been the giant killer this season, beating St George's College 2-0 in their return Group D game, after losing the first match 1-0. Then, in their round-of-16 tie against red hot and unbeaten Hydel, they defeated the Ferry school 2-0, before holding them to a 1-1 draw in the second leg.


Unbeaten record intact


Williams says that they aim to keep their unbeaten record intact, but they are looking to attack and create more. "Our team has not lost since the season started and we want to keep that trend. But we have to find ways to push more. We can't sit back and allow teams to control the game. There are four decent teams in the group and we believe we can win and come out of this round.

"But as the competition gathers momentum, we have to get stronger offensively. We are looking for goals, as this is a round robin so goal difference makes a difference at this stage. So we have to try to create more and take our chances when we get them," he insisted.

St George's face Holy Trinity in the second game at 3 p.m., while at the Stadium East Field, Bridgeport tackle Jamaica College at 3 p.m. and Calabar face Kingston College at 5 p.m.

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