Garvey Maceo confident ahead of D’Cup season
Dane Chambers, assistant coach of Garvey Maceo High School's daCosta Cup team, said despite going down 2-1 to Manchester High School in the final of the STETHS (St Elizabeth Technical High School) Cup at the STETHS Sports Complex on Sunday, they have met the objectives they had set out for at the start of the tournament.
"Yes, we came to the tournament looking at our tactical discipline playing against some tougher opponents. The first game (Saturday) I think we did really well in terms of our counter-attacking play ...," said Chambers.
"For this game, I think we started a bit flat. We weren't keeping the ball a lot, however, in the second half it was a different ball game where we began to pass the ball around. I can say we achieved what we wanted because tactically I think we were the better team in the tournament," he added.
The team, now under the guidance of Merron Gordon, who is away with the National Under-23 team, defeated STETHS 2-0 in their backyard on Saturday to advance to the final.
Chambers outlined that they are optimistic about what the season ahead holds for them, as they have a good squad working with, that is responding nicely to the new system being implemented.
"We retained a number of players from last year, especially the defensive unit, including the goalkeeper and also central midfielders. Despite losing our top striker, we have brought in a few players; Deandre Cunningham from Lennon (High School) among them, that I think add punch to the team. Last year, we relied on one striker to do the job so this year we try to fill the squad in terms of getting goals and I think so far it's not looking bad for us," said Chambers.
"The plan is for the guys to continue working hard with the new concept that we are bringing forth to them. As I said, we will continue to work and see what the season holds for us," he added.