Shut down KC - STATHS' plan
KINGSTON College (KC) face St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in the second game of today's Manning Cup semi-final double-header at the National Stadium, starting at 6 p.m. - a grudge match for the Spanish Town Road side after being beaten 1-0 by the Purples in the Walker Cup semi-finals earlier this month.
In the 4 p.m. curtain-raiser, Holy Trinity face defending champions and new Walker Cup kingpins Jamaica College (JC), who lost 1-2 to KC in the Super Cup semi-final on Saturday.
JC are fancied to advance to the Manning Cup final, hoping for another thriller against KC, who they beat in the Walker Cup final. However, a pumped-up Phillip Williams, coach of STATHS, plans to change that script.
"We are not fazed by our opponents because the mood in the camp is high and we are looking forward to this game," said Williams.
"They are standing between us and the final. We are very dedicated and determined to win this game," he added.
Williams admitted that KC is a mature team, but STATHS' plan is to nullify their passing game as much as possible.
"STATHS have always been confident. It is not just now. We started the season being confident and we still are in that mood," Williams said.
"It is not a matter of revenge. We are trying to reach the Manning Cup final and KC is in our way. We need to beat them to get into the final," he said.
STATHS, who are unbeaten in the Manning Cup this season, have not played a game since last Wednesday, whereas KC beat Jamaica College 2-1 in the Super Cup on Saturday.
However, Williams said his players are fit and focused for the Purples.
"They are pretty fresh because we haven't played a match since last week Wednesday. Our preparations have been good and our players are ready and raring to go," he pointed out.