Super Cup hunt begins - Clarendon face Calabar and STETHS battle STATHS in MoBay
The Montego Bay Sports Complex will be buzzing with excitement this afternoon with the playing of two quarter-finals in the ISSA/Flow Super Cup competition.
In the opening match of the double-header, freshly minted rural area Ben Francis Knockout champions Clarendon College will take on Corporate side Calabar at 5 p.m, less than 48 hours after their last game.
In the second match at 7 p.m. St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), will oppose St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS).
The Byjeon Thomas-coached Clarendon College will enter today’s contest against Calabar full of confidence having dispatched Dinthill Technical 4-1 in the Ben Francis final on Wednesday.
They will be led by star strikers Lamar Walker and Nicque Daley, who both netted 17 goals this season with support expected to come from Ricardo McIntosh and Benjamin Williams.
Thomas said his team will be going all out for victory today.
“The game is important because we want to keep the winning momentum going," said Thomas.
"This is an opportunity for us to get into another semi-final. We got a few knocks from the game against Dinthill, but what we did is have an ice bath for the players, so they are okay. Everybody is in pretty good health," he said.
On the other hand, Calabar is coming off a 6-1 defeat to Jamaica College in the semi-final of the Walker Cup Knockout competition last Saturday. However, despite this Calabar’s coach Lijyasu Simms said his team is ready and raring to go.
"Our main focus is on recovery. Clarendon is a good team and they are not going to give us the win, so we have to beat them,” said Simms.
“Clarendon is strong down the flanks, so we have to block them from attacking there."
The second match of the day will see STATHS, who are one of the best defensive teams in schoolboy football this season facing STETHS, one of the most prolific scoring teams this year.
Michael Williams, technical director of STATHS, said his team is confident but they will not be taking their opponents lightly.
"STETHS is a team that over the years show that they can play,” said Williams. "They are a ball playing team, so we have to be on our 'A' game at all time."
Meanwhile, Omar Wedderburn, coach of STETHS, said they are cautiously optimistic ahead of today’s game.
"We will try to do the right things and see where it takes us,” said Wedderburn. “Honestly, I heard that STATHS is a good defensive team with one of the best youth goalkeepers. We will go there to execute our game plan and see how long we can concentrate,” Wedderburn said.