Char­lie Smith hunt big win against Mona

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

FOR­MER CHAM­PI­ONS Char­lie Smith High will be on the hunt for goals when they face lowly Mona High in the In­ter-Sec­ondary Schools Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (ISSA)-FLOW Man­ning Cup Group D foot­ball match at the An­thony Spauld­ing Sports Com­plex in Trench Town to­day, start­ing at 3:30 p.m.

Char­lie Smith have nine points, the same as Water­ford High and Holy Trin­ity High in the group. How­ever, Water­ford en­joy a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence ahead of Holy Trin­ity and Char­lie Smith. Mona and Clan Carthy High are in fourth and fifth place, re­spec­tively, on one point apiece.

With the re­turn games in the pre­lim­i­nary stage set to be­gin to­day, Jerome Waite, head coach of Char­lie Smith, says the group is com­pet­i­tive for the top spot, so win­ning the game against Mona by a wide mar­gin is im­por­tant.

“First and fore­most, the play­ers have to dig them­selves out of the sit­u­a­tion. Water­ford and Holy Trin­ity are good teams and that makes the group com­pet­i­tive,” Waite told The Gleaner yes­ter­day.

“I’m ex­pect­ing the team to score (many) goals to­mor­row (to­day) as we are cur­rently in third po­si­tion on goal dif­fer­ence,” he ex­plained.

“The Mona team is out of con­tention, but we can’t take them lightly. We have to go out there in a pos­i­tive mind­set,” Waite added.


Char­lie Smith will be with­out first-choice goal­keeper Shamar­lee Clay­ton, who is out for about three weeks be­cause of a neck in­jury sus­tained in the team’s 2-0 loss to Holy Trin­ity last Tues­day.

In that game, Clay­ton was knocked down by a Holy Trin­ity player. Also, Ke­mar James was in­jured in the same game.

“It will be a loss as the goalie (Clay­ton) is very com­pe­tent. He will be re­placed by DeAn­dre Hutchin­son. It is a touch-and-go sit­u­a­tion with Ke­mar James. I’m not sure if he will play,” Waite dis­closed.

McCauley McIn­tosh, Mona’s sports­mas­ter, says the spirit in the team is not high, fol­low­ing three losses and a draw in the first round.

“Some of the play­ers (have) lost the spirit of win­ning, es­pe­cially the se­nior ones. The team is in tur­moil,” McIn­tosh dis­closed ahead of to­day’s match.

“How­ever, the team gave Char­lie a good fight in the first game and promised to also give it their all against them again. I’m ex­pect­ing an­other tough game,” he added.

In the other Group E game of high in­ter­est, joint lead­ers Water­ford and Holy Trin­ity are en­gaged in a cru­cial clash. Water­ford edged Holy Trin­ity 1-0 in the first game two weeks ago.

In a Group A en­counter, Ex­cel­sior High are ex­pected to again get the bet­ter of Tar­rant High. In the first game, Ex­cel­sior drubbed Tar­rant 4-0 at Ex­cel­sior two weeks ago.


Trayvon Reid of Kingston Col­lege (cen­tre) scores against Nor­man Man­ley High School dur­ing their ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup foot­ball game at the Na­tional Sta­dium on Satur­day. Reid net­ted a hat-trick in KC’s 7-0 win.

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