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October 29, 2012
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Spanish Town seek Manning Cup rebound ... Calabar tackle Excelsior
Jermaine Lannaman, Star Writer


Calabar High's Javon East (left) battles to keep possession against Bridgeport High's Timothy Kaneka in the first round. Calabar will restart their Manning Cup campaign against Excelsior today. - Ian Allen

Having been eliminated from the quarter-finals of the ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel Walker Cup knockout, Spanish Town will today seek a change in fortunes when they face Donald Quarrie High in one of two second-round Manning Cup clashes at Constant Spring.

The Group H encounter, which will be the first of a double-header, is slated to get under way at 1 p.m., two hours before beaten Walker Cup semi-finalist Excelsior take on a well-rested Calabar.

Spanish Town, despite controlling possession for the most part, lost 1-0 to Jamaica College (JC) in the Walker Cup, and come today, according to coach Anthony Thompson, will be looking to make amends.

"We put up a real fight in the Walker Cup and even though we did not win, we outplayed them," said Thompson.

"Come tomorrow, however, we plan to do things differently, as while we are planning to control the game, we plan to get a goal as well."

Central midfielder Owen Walters, national under-17 wing back Nathaniel Leslie, and forward Kevon Nembhard, are among those who are expected to play leading roles for the boys from the Old Capital.

Donald Quarrie, in the meantime, will look to their leading goalscorer, central midfielder Michael Lutas, fellow midfielder Steve Clarke, and forwards Bebeto Green and Steve Clarke.

"Having made it to the second round, we don't have anything to lose, knowing that many persons did not expect us to," said Donald Quarrie coach, Wayne Bruce.

"Spanish Town look like a rounded and well-coached team. They are robust and tackle hard.

"But we also know that Spanish Town lost their influential captain in the Walker Cup due to card, which should affect their potency, and, as such, we plan to go out there and play hard."

In the preliminary round, Donald Quarrie ended with seven wins, two draws and one loss and finished second to Wolmer's in Group F, while Spanish Town topped Group E with a six wins, one draw, three losses.

The Calabar versus Excelsior showdown, in the meanwhile, is expected to be a closely contested encounter, with the latter looking to recover from their 5-4 penalty loss to JC in the semi-finals of the knockout.

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