St George's putting emphasis on defence
St George's College assistant coach Marcel Gayle says their recent defeat to today's ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup opponents, St Catherine High, is behind them and the North Street-based school is confident of coming away with three points this afternoon.
After two meetings this season, the Anthony Patrick-coached St Catherine and the Neville Bell-coached St George's College have one win each, and today's third clash at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, starting at 1 p.m. could prove the most crucial of all, with a place in the semi-finals at stake.
Kingston College play Bridgeport in the second game of the double-header at 3 p.m.
"It will be a tactical affair," Gayle said yesterday. "That (defeat) was in the first round, and we have moved away from that. We saw where we went wrong against them and, hopefully, we can get it right tomorrow.
"We are confident, and we are going to go out and express ourselves and play St George's football," he said.
Gayle admitted that the team's offence is the weakest it has been in years, and this season, there has been a stronger reliance on defence, and he believes they still stand a good a chance as any of winning the title.
"Over the last five years, this is probably the least offensive St George's team we have. But not conceding goals is a plus for us, so if we can get a goal or two tomorrow, it would be good for us," he stated.
St Catherine will look to Paul Dante, Jevaughn Cole, Jahmarie Henry, and Joel Simpson to unlock the St George's defence, while captain Maleke Miller and goalkeeper Raheem Henry should provide the steel in defence.
St George's will rely on goalkeeper Orville Smikle, Arsenio Hamilton, Devaughn Dunkley, Matthew Wilson, and Paul Young Jr to keep St Catherine at bay, while Romario Harding, Nathaniel Campbell, Raheem Williams, Jordan Peterkin, and Akeem Robotham are expected to lead the attack.
All four teams in the group - St George's, Holy Trinity, St Catherine, and St Andrew Technical - have one point each after one game.
- 1 p.m. - JC vs Calabar at Constant Spring
- 3 p.m. - Holy Trinity vs STATHS at Constant Spring
- 1 p.m. - St Catherine vs St George's College at Prison Oval
- 3 p.m. - KC vs Bridgeport at Prison Oval
Teams P W D L GF GD GA Pts
Holy Trinity 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
St Catherine 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
STATHS 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
St George's 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
JC 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3
Calabar 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
KC 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Bridgeport 1 1 0 1 0 2 -2 0