Munro face must win in group stage

September 26, 2018

Coach of Munro College Patrick 'Jackie' Walters acknowledges that his team will have to get maximum points to have a real chance of getting out of the group stage when they host Lacovia High School in their Group F ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup match this afternoon at 3:30 pm.

The seven time champions with only three points sits fifth in the group behind Newell and Lacovia tied on six, Maggotty (10) and leaders STETHS (13).

The first leg played at Lacovia ended in a 2-2 draw.

"Let's put it this way, the only thing we can look for tomorrow is a win," said Walters. "We don't have any other choice. As far as we are concern. It is all systems go as we have to pull it off tomorrow."

Despite the poor start, Walters said he is not putting too much blame on his team although he believes they should be playing better.




"I'm one not to make excuses but one has to be realistic. The average age of this team is 16. We lost about seven to eight players between KC (Kingston College) and STETHS (St. Elizabeth Technical High School). These are players that would have started this year so you could say we are in a rebuilding mode," said Walters.

"However, that is no excuse, I think we could have done much better. We got chances to score (in our games so far) but just didn't capitalise on them. Come tomorrow (today) we have to change all of that...," he added.

When asked about if he will be looking to any of his experienced players to lead the turnaround this afternoon, Walters said only Deandre Smalling and Yushann Malcolm have real daCosta Cup experience.

"We only have two players who played daCosta Cup last year Malcolm and Smalling. The level of performance I had anticipated from them, they are not showing. Malcolm to some extent is showing some sort of leadership and Dennis Lee who was not a consistent player last year. However, I expect them to step up tomorrow though," said Walters.

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