September 23, 2013
JC, Bridgeport in Group E clash
Jamaica College's (JC) Junior Flemmings (centre) shoots to score one of his three goals against St Andrew College in their ISSA/Lime Manning Cup football match, while teammate Melique Foster looks on. JC won 6-0. - Ricardo Makyn
Jamaica College and Bridgeport High will face off in a top-of-the-table clash in Group E of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/LIME Manning Cup football competition preliminary round, at JC's Old Hope Road playing field today starting at 3:30 p.m.
The Miguel Coley-coached JC have won their four games from as many starts to lead the group on 12 points, ahead of Bridgeport on 10 points. Jose Marti comes next on seven points, followed by Ardenne (3), St Andrew College (3) and Tivoli who are without a point in the group. The stage is set for an interesting showdown as JC and Bridgeport engage in an early battle for group honours.
leading by example
JC have been playing some good attacking football and have scored 19 times, with captain Junior Flemmings the top marksman on seven goals. After not scoring in his team's first game of the season, a 5-0 victory against Tivoli, Flemmings scored in his team's last three games and is certainly leading them by example. The former national Under-17 captain has scored two hat-tricks against St Andrew College and Jose Marti.
Bridgeport have also been making their mark in the group under coach Tyrone Roberts, and have scored 14 times and conceded four. With both teams playing attacking football, supporters could be in for a treat if they report in an attacking frame of mind this afternoon.
"Well, basically it is a matchup between two attacking teams, so we have to shore up our defence," Miguel Coley, who is in his first season as JC's coach, told STAR Sports yesterday.
"We are creating a lot of opportunities, but gave up two goals last Friday against Jose Marti. The team had a rest on Saturday, so tomorrow (today) we will have a meeting to discuss the game," Coley said.
Coley also said he is very impressed with Flemmings' leadership on and off the field. "Flemmings has come on leaps and bounds. I am very impressed with how he is leading the team," Coley said.
Flemmings apart, JC will attack with other players such as Malique Foster, Kevin Blackwood and Rafique Bryan. On the defensive end, Allando Brown, Albert Aarons and goalkeeper Courtney Dowdie will look to restrict Bridgeport attacking style.
Bridgeport's coach Roberts is looking forward to an an interesting game.
"It is going to be an interesting game. This is a very crucial game moving forward. We will have to be at our best against JC. I have not seen them play, but by reports they have been scoring a lot of goals," Roberts said.
Although JC are favoured to win at home, Bridgeport will come knocking with Ryan Swire, who is their leading striker on five goals, Cleon Pusey (4), as well as Rashane Smith, Shaquille Folk and Shea John.
Twelve games were originally scheduled for today, however, the St Andrew Technical High (STATHS)/Edith Dalton James and Ardenne/St Andrew College have been rescheduled to Thursday.
Calabar vs Hydel
Ascot vs Jonathan Grant
St Jago vs Waterford
Cumberland vs Excelsior
Norman Manley vs Haile Selassie
Jamaica College vs Bridgeport
Tivoli vs Jose Mart
Holy Trinity vs Meadowbrook
Trench Town vs Innswood
Campion College vs St Mary's College
Home teams are named first, and all games start at 3:30 p.m.