Haile Se­lassie, St Catherine meet in must-win game

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

HAILE SE­LASSIE High and St Catherine High will meet in a resched­uled Group K Man­ning Cup sec­ond round game at Con­stant Spring Com­plex to­day. Match time is 3 p.m.

The game was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Novem­ber 1 but was post­poned due to a wa­ter-logged sur­face at the venue.

Now, the teams will be en­gaged in a game that will de­ter­mine whether they can ad­vance to the semi-fi­nals.

Wolmer’s lead the group on six points from two games fol­lowed by St Ge­orge’s Col­lege (3), with Haile Se­lassie and St Catherine both with­out any point from one game each.

That means a win for ei­ther team will put the win­ner in with a chance of ad­vanc­ing to the last four.

When the teams met in their first game dur­ing the pre­lim­i­nary stage, St Catherine won 1-0, while Haile Se­lassie won by a sim­i­lar score­line in the re­verse fix­ture.

Since the de­par­ture of vet­eran coach Ge­of­frey Maxwell from Haile Se­lassie, the team has suf­fered two straight de­feats and has not looked like the same team that dom­i­nated the pre­lim­i­nary stage, win­ning nine of 10 games and mak­ing a his­tor­i­cal ap­pear­ance in the pres­ti­gious FLOW Su­per Cup.

They will rely on in­flu­en­tial cap­tain Ri­cardo Phipps, Akeem Gran­di­son, Hamish Smith and Omari Grant for a win to­day.

Coach of St Catherine, An­thony Pa­trick, said his team is con­fi­dent that they can beat Haile Se­lassie for the sec­ond time this year.

“I know it is go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult one, as ear­lier in the sea­son we beat them 1-0 and they also scored a 1-0 win against us. It will be a keen con­test,” Pa­trick told The Gleaner yes­ter­day.

‘They are with­out coach Ge­of­frey Maxwell and that will give us the edge. But when he was there, we also did well. We are con­fi­dent that we can win the game, but it will take over­all team ef­fort,” he also shared.

St Catherine’s key play­ers in­clude Ra­jveil Brown, Shamar Solomon, She­mar Vee and Da­vany Mor­gan.

Haile Se­lassie’s Ri­cardo Phipps.

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