Im­pres­sive Ex­cel­sior in sec­ond-round kick-off

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

THE IN­TER-SEC­ONDARY Schools Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (ISSA)-FLOW Man­ning Cup sec­ond-round kicks off to­day with a dou­ble-header at the Con­stant Spring Com­plex.

In the first game, Ex­cel­sior High face-off against Jonathan Grant High at 1 p.m., to be fol­lowed by Holy Trin­ity High against Cam­per­down High at 3 p.m. Group H Con­stant Spring Com­plex 1 p.m. – Ex­cel­sior High vs Jonathan Grant High 3 p.m. – Holy Trin­ity High vs Cam­per­down High

The four teams are drawn in Group H and the bat­tle for the semi-fi­nals be­gin, so they will look to get off to a win­ning start.

Ex­cel­sior High wear the favourites tag in the group as they have been im­pres­sive in all com­pe­ti­tions this year.

Com­ing off a big 5-0 win against Ocho Rios High in the ISSA-FLOW Su­per Cup last Fri­day at Sabina Park, the Moun­tain View Av­enue-based in­sti­tu­tion must be on a high for this game.

Ex­cel­sior also won their pre­lim­i­nary-round group ahead of many-time cham­pi­ons St Ge­orge’s Col­lege. With that kind of form, Jonathan Grant could be in for a tor­rid time.

WIN­NING START

Ex­cel­sior’s coach Shavar Thomas has been guid­ing the team since sum­mer and will look to play­ers such as cap­tain Christopher Thorpe, Ca­dine Gra­ham, Thorne Buchanan, Ryan Spence and Raewin Se­nior for a win­ning start in the group to­day.

How­ever, Jonathan Grant, af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond be­hind Haile Se­lassie High in Group D in the first round, will cer­tainly come to stop Ex­cel­sior.

The Jonathan Grant team, which is coached by Oneil Thomas, who was a key striker for Ex­cel­sior when they won the Man­ning Cup in 1980, will look to key play­ers Tahj Beck­ford, Jer­maine Shorter, Del­roy Grant and Is­sac Scott to cre­ate an up­set.

In the fea­ture game, Holy Trin­ity are favoured to get the bet­ter of Cam­per­down. Holy Trin­ity were elim­i­nated from the FLOW Su­per Cup by St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School last Satur­day and will be look­ing to re­bound.

Cam­per­down have not been im­pres­sive, de­spite fin­ish­ing sec­ond in their pre­lim­i­nary­round group be­hind Wolmer’s Boys’, so they will have to work hard to get a pos­i­tive re­sult.

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