Group E is favourable - Patrick
Anthony Patrick, coach of St Catherine High School, says that the draw in Group E of the 2018 ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup schoolboy football competition set to start in early September is a favourable one for his team.
St Catherine are drawn alongside former champions Excelsior, Haile Selassie, St Mary's College, Oberlin and Penwood in the group stage.
"I think it is a good draw for us seeing the teams in the group. This is my third season at St Catherine High and I like how we are progressing," Patrick who guided Bridgeport High to Manning Cup titles in 2001 and 2006, told STAR Sports.
"The last two seasons, we have done well, as we progressed from the group stage in 2016 and 2017. I really think it is a very good draw. Excelsior is the only former champions in the group but when you look at our progress it has been tremendous," he pointed out.
"Last season we had St George's College in the group stage and won and lost in two games. We played against the beaten finalists (St Andrew Technical High School) and finished 1-1 with them in the quarter-final stage, so we have improved." Patrick added.
"We have not started preparation yet but the good thing is that we had players participating in the St Catherine Under-20 league that just concluded. I coach Racing team in the Under-20 league and Division Two teams and seven St Catherine High players were on those championship teams," he informed.
"There are also players playing in the Under-17 league in several clubs. I am very happy with that as the players are active. We have taken a good look at the players in putting the Manning Cup team together," he noted.
"We have lost three key players from the back and looking to replace them. We also have some youngsters coming up from the Under 16. We think that with the progress we're making, we can go deep in the Manning Cup this season. And, like any other team, the aim is to win the competition," he concluded about his team's chance to win the title for the first time.