Fi­nal four!

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

Holy Trin­ity, JC, KC, Wolmer’s clash in Man­ning Cup semis to­day

FIRST-TIME ISSA/FLOW Man­ning Cup semi-fi­nal­ist Holy Trin­ity may not be able to claim any of the 51 ti­tles shared be­tween the other fi­nal four teams, but if the words of their coach Devon An­der­son are any­thing to go by, then they are cer­tainly not ap­proach­ing to­mor­row’s semis with any con­cerns about their less cel­e­brated his­tory in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Holy Trin­ity join Ja­maica Col­lege (JC) – their op­po­nents for to­day’s 4 p.m. kick-off at the Na­tional Sta­dium, as well as Su­per Cup champions Wolmer’s and Kingston Col­lege (KC), who go against each other for the third time this sea­son at 6 p.m. at the same venue – each with one eye on the Novem­ber 26 fi­nal.

Both teams have a com­bined 24 ti­tles to their credit, with KC 14, and Wolmer’s 10.

Twenty-seven time champions JC haven’t bro­ken much of a sweat in their ti­tle de­fence so far this sea­son, with an un­beaten run to the semis. Their only loss was to Claren­don Col­lege in the FLOW Su­per Cup, but team man­ager Ian Forbes made it clear that they will not be un­der­es­ti­mat­ing the less-fan­cied Holy Trin­ity team.

“JC are al­ways mo­ti­vated to win,” Forbes said. “It is a very se­ri­ous mind­set for our team, and we will be ex­pect­ing a very tough game against a se­ri­ous op­po­si­tion.”

“We are cer­tainly eye­ing the fi­nal, but it’s one game at a time, and the game plan is to win,” Forbes un­der­lined.

An­der­son led Holy Trin­ity to the Su­per Cup fi­nal in 2014 when they lost to to­day’s op­po­nents. He knows JC are favourites, but is not phased by the chal­lenge.

“I don’t con­sider our­selves un­der­dogs, we are the lesser­fan­cied team,” said An­der­son said.

“They are the de­fend­ing cham­pion, but we are go­ing there to play a hard-nosed game,” he as­sured. “(There is) No pres­sure on us, the pres­sure is on them. We are not happy with be­ing in the semi-fi­nals, our aim is to win the Man­ning Cup.”

NO TROPHY SINCE 1986

While 10-time champions Wolmer’s have been to the Man­ning Cup fi­nals as re­cently as 2013, KC have not seen a trophy match since their last tri­umph in 1986.

Wolmer’s coach Vas­sell Reynold, who won his first ma­jor ti­tle in the FLOW Su­per Cup last week­end, is look­ing for­ward to the con­test.

“We will be at full strength, the con­fi­dence and mo­ti­va­tion would have been lifted in win­ning the Flow Su­per Cup, but we recog­nise that we need to re­main fo­cused and com­mit­ted for what would be a very dif­fi­cult KC chal­lenge,” said Reynolds.

Mean­while, man­ager for 14time win­ner Kingston Col­lege, Der­rick Banks said they are fully ex­pect­ing to win to­day’s show­down.

“We ex­pect to win the game, as we are very con­fi­dent through-out the sea­son. We set a goal and a part of that is to win the Man­ning Cup,” he ex­plained.

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