Heavy­weights clash in Su­per Cup quar­ter-fi­nals

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - – S.F.

MON­TEGO BAY’S Cather­ine Hall Sta­dium and Kingston’s Sabina Park will form the stages as the block­buster ISSA/Flow Su­per Cup heads into the quar­ter­fi­nal stage, with the is­land’s top teams look­ing to get one step closer to the pres­ti­gious ti­tle.

Wolmer’s Boys and Kingston Col­lege (KC) is per­haps the game which will pull most eyes with the 7:00 p.m Sabina Park con­test pit­ting two of the most hyped squads against each other in what is sure to be a spir­ited clash.

Be­fore those two take the field, Man­ning Cup hope­fuls Ex­cel­sior and daCosta Cup heavy­weights Claren­don Col­lege will flex mus­cles at 5 p.m., with the western dou­ble-header see­ing de­fend­ing ru­ral area cham­pi­ons St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal (STETHS) fac­ing Bridge­port (5:00pm) be­fore the western derby be­tween Corn­wall Col­lege and Rusea’s at 7:00 p.m.

FULL OF CON­FI­DENCE

Vas­sel Reynolds, the Wolmer’s Boys’ coach, says his charges will line up full of con­fi­dence and are ready to beat a highly touted KC team, es­pe­cially af­ter their re­cent Walker Cup loss against their op­po­nents.

“I think our chance to win the Su­per Cup is as good as any other team. I am very con­fi­dent that we can chal­lenge them. I didn’t think that we had our best game against them in the Walker Cup, and we still tied 2-2, so I think if we have an im­proved game from that per­for­mance we can come out with a very pos­i­tive re­sult,” said Reynolds.

Wolmer’s are com­pet­ing for KC’s ace goalscorer, STETHS’ ace Rashawn Mack­i­son. Jovoney Brown. striker Ex­cel­sior High vs Claren­don Col­lege 5:00 p.m. @ Sabina Park Wolmer’s Boys vs Kingston Col­lege 7:00 p.m @ Sabina Park STETHS vs Bridge­port High 5:00 p.m. @ Cather­ine Hall, Mon­tego Bay Corn­wall Col­lege vs Ruseas High 7:00 p.m. @ Cather­ine Hall

the Su­per Cup, Man­ning Cup and Olivier Shield, while KC are un­beaten, and play­ing for four ti­tles, in­clud­ing the Walker Cup.

Ac­cord­ing to Reynolds, his team is fit and will not be al­low­ing KC much space to play.

“I think we have to dic­tate the game for long pe­ri­ods. I think that we gave the KC team too much room and space to play in the Walker Cup.

“We can’t al­low them time and space to play,” stressed Reynolds.

Mean­while, KC’s coach, Lud­low Bernard, is ex­pect­ing Wolmer’s to throw ev­ery­thing at his team.

“It’s a very big game. Wolmer’s must be chomp­ing at their bits for the game. We ex­pect them to be very re­venge­ful,” he pointed out.

Bernard’s charges are yet to record a loss un­der their belt, amid what all Pur­ples fans hope will be a long-awaited ti­tle win­ning sea­son.

“The vibes in our camp is high among the play­ers. We knocked Wolmer’s out of the Walker Cup by the penalty shoot-out de­cider. We have pre­pared men­tally and phys­i­cally for an­other tough chal­lenge from Wolmer’s... and this is the Su­per Cup, so spec­ta­tors are ex­cited,” added Bernard.

– Sammy

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