Duhaney Park bred players clash in Manning Cup
St Andrew Technical high school, goalkeeper, Jaedin White, says he is expecting an emotional second round match against Hydel High School because a number of players from both school represented Duhaney Park football club.
St Andrew Technical, last season's beaten finalist, boast six players from the Duhaney Park football club. They include Sekani Campbell, Warner Brown who is STATHS leading scorer, Jenuine Pinnock, backup goalkeeper, Raheem Abrahams, and Javon Downer.
Hydel on the other hand, have four players. They are Striker Kemar Reid, midfielder Jevaughn Barclay, Jerimaine Reid and goalkeeper Shaquan Davis.
White, a former Duhaney Park player himself, said bragging rights will be at the forefront of the players' minds but he hopes his teammates don't make irrational decisions that may cost them the match.
"This game might be somewhat emotional, being that they (players) play with their one another. Nobody is going to want to lose because when the time comes for them to play with each other, nobody will want to hear 'is me send you home'.
"So it's bragging rights between the Duhaney Park players. It's another case of mental strength. Not because you are going to play against your friends, means you are going to make that force you to make decision that will cost your team in the end and I think the players on my team understand that," he said.
Nevertheless, he's confident of getting the win in today's first leg and eventually dump Hydel from the competition.
"The boys are ready to go out and get the job done. We are very confident and we believe strongly in what we have trained to accomplish. And we are going to go out and execute properly," he said.
The match is slated to begin at 1pm at the Spanish Town Prison Oval in St Catherine.
Other Manning Cup match on today
• Calabar vs Jamaica College (Prison Oval 3pm)
• Charlie Smith vs St Catherine (Stadium East 1pm)
• Mona vs St George's College Stadium East 3pm)