Schoolboy football is back - Defending champions JC host Calabar at 3 p.m. in one of five games

November 12, 2021
Laylor
Laylor
Ferguson
Ferguson
Jamaica College’s players and supporters celebrate their win over St Andrew Technical (STATHS) after the 2019 Manning Cup final. Jamaica College defeated STATHS 5-4 on penalties.
Jamaica College’s players and supporters celebrate their win over St Andrew Technical (STATHS) after the 2019 Manning Cup final. Jamaica College defeated STATHS 5-4 on penalties.
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Schoolboy football is back this afternoon following a two-year absence.

Last year's Manning and daCosta Cup competitions were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic and action is returning for the first time since the 2019 season.

Five Manning Cup games are on today. In the feature, defending champions Jamaica College (JC) oppose Calabar High. The match will be played at JC starting at 3 p.m. JC's field at Old Hope Road is one of three venues that have been approved by the Government to host matches this season. The others are the Stadium East field and Spanish Town Prison Oval in St Catherine.There will be double-headers at the Stadium East and Spanish Town Prison Oval.

JC, who are the early favourites to retain the title that they won in 2019, have retained three players from the team which defeated St Andrew Technical High School 5-4 on penalties in the final after both teams played 0-0 draw at full and extra time. Duncan McKenzie is still at school along with two squad players.

"I am excited that the competition is going to get started and I am excited for the youngsters because it is an opportunity to play," said Davion Ferguson, head coach of JC.

"In terms of the preparations we are confident and we are hoping for a positive result against Calabar," he said.

"This is a young team with young players but they are very talented. They are disciplined, they are hungry and they are eager and ready to deliver," Ferguson said.

He pointed out that they are anticipating a strong challenge from Calabar.

"I know that they usually produce some good players, and based on reports Calabar are serious challengers for title," Ferguson said.

David Laylor, coach of Calabar, said he is also very delighted that the competition will be restarting and his players are looking forward to an exciting game against JC.

"I expect it to be tough. JC are one of those teams who have been training for months. We have only got in about three weeks of solid training," said Laylor.

"It will matter on the day but I expect my team to do well based on the response I have been getting from them in training," he said.

"We have a new crop of youngsters that we have retrained in our system, and they have prepared well and are talented, and so I expect them to do well in this season's competition," Laylor said.

He noted that like most of the other schools, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a strong negative effect on his team's preparations. TODAY'S GAMES

Stadium East

Noon: Camperdown vs Dunoon 3 p.m: Excelsior vs Tivoli

Spanish Town Prison OvalNoon: Jonathan Grant vs Jose Marti3 p.m: St Andrew Technical vs St Jago

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