‘Beau­ti­ful sur­face’ at Cal­abar

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Hu­bert Lawrence Gleaner Writer

GLEN LAING, foot­ball coach at St Jago High School, has de­scribed the pitch at Cal­abar High as “a beau­ti­ful sur­face”.

Laing, who di­rected St Jago to a 1-0 vic­tory over the host team in Group G of the ISSAFLOW Man­ning Cup last Fri­day, says he’d play at Cal­abar ev­ery day.

His Cal­abar coun­ter­part, Li­gyasu Simms, be­lieves the plush sur­face will help his team in the sea­sons to come.

“It is nice when the school­boys can train on the proper sur­face,” pro­nounced the St Jago coach af­ter the game. “It is also ex­cit­ing for us to take them out and train them.”

St Jago’s Monk Street play­ing field has been out of ser­vice for sev­eral months be­cause of a work pro­gramme to re­ha­bil­i­tate it. In those cir­cum­stances, it was a joy for St Jago to visit Cal­abar’s Red Hills Road cam­pus.

“It’s just a beau­ti­ful sur­face. They’re tak­ing care of it and I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate com­ing down here.” Simms feels the same way. “Mil­lions of dol­lars were spent on this sur­face, and it is a good sur­face for good foot­ball, and as you can see, the Cal­abar team ex­e­cuted some good foot­ball to­day, but un­for­tu­nately it just didn’t go in our favour,” he com­mented.

With­out giv­ing up on the cur­rent school­boy sea­son, Simms thinks the im­proved sur­face will help Cal­abar’s foot­ball in the fu­ture.

“This is the start of the pro­gramme and it can only get bet­ter as we go along,” he pre­dicted.

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