STATHS hunt St George's scalp
Coach of St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) Phillip Williams said he is not overly worried about St George's College's rich history ahead of the teams' play-off in the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup today at Constant Spring Complex, starting at 2:30 p.m.
The teams face off for the second spot in Group G behind winners Holy Trinity, who topped the group on five points. St George's College and STATHS are tied on three points apiece with an identical goal difference.
"As you say history says that they are many time champions, but we are focusing on this year, one game at a time. We have played them before and have seen where we can beat them. We are just focusing on the match that we have in hand," Williams told STAR Sports on the eve of the game.
STATHS are known as an ultra-defensive team with outstanding goalkeeper Jeadine White behind the sticks, but Williams said they don't play for extra-time.
"We have not played any of our games to go into extra-time, but that is part of the game. We don't set out to purposely get into extra-time. That is one of the possibility of the game, so we are also prepared for extra-time, and, if necessary, penalty kicks," he reasoned.
White apart, STATHS will rely on towering central defender David Smith and the diminutive attacker Armani Reid.
Meanwhile, famed St George's College coach Neville 'Bertis' Bell is fully aware that it is win or go home.
"It is a very important match, I mean, if we lose the game that is it for the season. We want to continue. We know it will be a tough game, but we wanted to be here. I told the kids from day one that if we want to get close, we have to beat some of the best teams," said Bell, who guided the Light Blues to five of their 22 Manning Cup titles.
"We played them before and maybe the draw was a fair result. They created a couple of good chances against us and our goalkeeper came up big. Their goalkeeper also came up big a couple of times, so I think that first game could have gone either way. They are tough," he reasoned
Bell will depend on senior players such as Paul Young Jr., Arseno Hamilton, Romario Harding, Nathaniel Campbell and Akeem Robotham.
A winner must be decided, so if the game ends in a deadlock after regulation time, 20 minutes of extra-time will be played. If at the end it is still tied, penalty kicks will decide the qualifier.