St Ge­orge’s, Ex­cel­sior in cru­cial clash

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

ST GE­ORGE’S Col­lege will look to main­tain their per­fect record when they face Ex­cel­sior High in a top-ofthe-ta­ble clash in Group A of the ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup pre­lim­i­nary stage at Winch­ester Park, North Street, to­day. Match time is 3 p.m.

The Light Blues have scored five wins from as many starts to be on top in the group on a max­i­mum 15 points, just ahead of Ex­cel­sior, who are on 13. Greater Port­more are also on 13 but have played two more games. Tivoli Gar­dens are on three points and Tar­rant High are with­out a point in the group.

With this sce­nario, a win for ei­ther St Ge­orge’s or Ex­cel­sior will strengthen their chances of fin­ish­ing the group on top. This will also en­sure a spot in the pres­ti­gious FLOW Super Cup as well as the Walker Cup knock­out com­pe­ti­tions.

The teams’ first-round game on Septem­ber 20 at the Sta­dium East was aban­doned fol­low­ing the death of for­mer St Ge­orge’s cap­tain Do­minic James. He col­lapsed early in the match and was rushed to hospi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead. His fu­neral will be held to­mor­row at Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral on North Street.

When the game was called off, Ex­cel­sior were lead­ing 2-1 late in the first half.

St Ge­orge’s Col­lege’s as­sis­tant coach, Mar­cel Gayle, says his team treats ev­ery game as be­ing very im­por­tant and to­day’s clash will be no dif­fer­ence.

“Ev­ery game is im­por­tant. We want to go out there and do our best. We are im­prov­ing by scor­ing more goals and will look to con­tinue that way,” The Gleaner Gayle told yes­ter­day.

St Ge­orge’s will look to new cap­tain Alex Mar­shall, Akeem Robotham, Ron­aldo Wat­son, and for­mer Wolmer’s player Akiki Jack­son to con­tinue their win­ning streak.

Ex­cel­sior’s tech­ni­cal direc­tor Xavier Gilbert, is fully aware of the im­por­tance of the game.

“It is a very im­por­tant game for both teams. We want to stay in line for the FLOW Super Cup, so we have been pre­par­ing for this game,” Gilbert de­clared.

“The team is com­ing on, although we are not yet where we want to be. How­ever, the aim is to go there for a win,” the for­mer St Ge­orge’s cricket star added.

Ex­cel­sior will look to na­tional Un­der-17 striker Raewin Se­nior, Christo­pher Thorpe, Thorne Buchanan, and Ca­dine Gra­ham for a pos­i­tive re­sult.

St Ge­orge’s Col­lege’s Alex Mar­shall.

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