Big Walker Cup semis at Con­stant Spring

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

FIRST-TIME WALKER Cup semi-fi­nal­ists, Haile Se­lassie High, will look to con­tinue their Cin­derella run when they face Ja­maica Col­lege (JC) in the In­ter-Sec­ondary Schools Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (ISSA)/FLOW knock­out com­pe­ti­tion at Con­stant Spring Com­plex to­day. Kick-off time is 3 p.m.

The game is one of a dou­ble­header, with the opener fea­tur­ing Kingston Col­lege (KC) and Bridge­port High, set to start at 1 p.m.

Ge­of­frey Maxwell has been creat­ing waves with Haile Se­lassie and af­ter an im­pres­sive per­for­mance in which they beat Ex­cel­sior High 6-5 in a penalty shootout last Satur­day, he is con­fi­dent of beat­ing an­other tra­di­tional top school­boy team.

“It is go­ing to be a very com­pet­i­tive game. I have a fair idea of what to ex­pect from JC. We have to play our game and counter them,” Maxwell told The Gleaner yes­ter­day.

“They know what they can achieve, and we are pretty con­fi­dent that we can win the game and ad­vance to the fi­nal,” added the for­mer Ja­maica player and coach.

Haile Se­lassie’s top play­ers in­clude cap­tain Ri­cardo Phipps, Akeem Gran­di­son, Hamish Smith and Chase Knight.

Miguel Co­ley, JC’s head coach, said Haile Se­lassie is a dan­ger­ous team.

“They (Haile Se­lassie) have been play­ing good foot­ball, so we are look­ing for­ward to a tough game to­mor­row,” Co­ley said.

“It is a semi-fi­nal game so the win­ner will go to the fi­nal. We are ready for any­thing,” he also said.

JC will rely on cap­tain Oquin Robin­son, Ron­aldo Brown, Dono­van Dawkins, Maliek How­ell and Duhaney Wil­liams.

In the first game, red-hot KC are fan­cied to get the bet­ter of Bridge­port. Un­der the guid­ance of Lud­low Bernard, KC have been scor­ing heav­ily this sea­son, so they have enough fire­power to push Bridge­port on the back foot and take the game.

The KC key play­ers in­clude Rashawn Mack­i­son, Travonne Reid and Fabian Grant.

Bridge­port, on the other hand, have a young team that could cre­ate a huge up­set on the day.

MAXWELL

CO­LEY

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