Reynolds, Co­ley ex­pect top Man­ning Cup fi­nal

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer

MIGUEL CO­LEY, the coach of de­fend­ing Man­ning Cup cham­pi­ons Ja­maica Col­lege and his coun­ter­part, Vas­sell Reynolds of Wolmer’s Boys, are both con­fi­dent that their sides will be at their op­ti­mum when the two schools face off for the ISSA/FLOW Man­ning Cup ti­tle at the National Stadium this Satur­day.

The two coaches were speak­ing at press con­fer­ence at the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) sec­re­tariat yes­ter­day.

Ja­maica Col­lege have won the last three edi­tions of the tour­na­ment and will be go­ing for their fourth straight ti­tle, which would push their over­all tally to 28. De­spite be­ing tight-lipped about his tac­tics for the game, Co­ley says he ex­pects his team and play­ers to turn up with their ‘A’ game on Satur­day point­ing out also that de­spite win­ning the last three ti­tles, Ja­maica Col­lege re­main driven and hun­gry for success.

“At Ja­maica Col­lege, we un­der­stand that success means more success. Ex­cel­lence is go­ing out there ev­ery sin­gle time and op­ti­mis­ing their abil­ity. This is the fi­nal, and we are happy to be here. We are happy for our spon­sors and all the me­dia houses. You (me­dia) have done your job by broad­cast­ing the event. Now it’s up to the teams to come and give it their all and for us to give our fi­nal pre­sen­ta­tion,” he said.

“Our in­ten­tion is to be the num­ber-one school, not only in Ja­maica but in the Caribbean. Some (play­ers) have never won the Man­ning Cup be­fore, but they are hun­gry, and we are hun­gry,” he added.

Wolmer’s have waited 22 years for what would be their 11th hold on the ur­ban-area school­boy ti­tle, and al­though mid­fielder, Yan­nick El­liot, has been car­ry­ing a knock, Reynolds is con­fi­dent his team can come with their best game on Satur­day.

“We ex­pect to see both teams at their best re­ally,” he rea­soned. “This is a fi­nal and we can­not pre­dict how the young­sters will go out there and de­liver, but I know both teams will be pre­pared for the oc­ca­sion,” he said.

“From a coach’s point of view, I hope they (both teams) dis­play their true po­ten­tial for the foot­ball lovers, the JC and Wolmer’s fans. The Wolmer’s team have played the most games and we would have done a tremen­dous job in terms of re­cu­per­a­tion and nu­tri­tion. So I think we should be ready phys­i­cally. But we are hop­ing we can de­liver our best game, and I am cer­tain that once we de­liver our best game, we will be vic­tors,” Reynolds said.



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