Show­down for the crown

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer

An­drew Da­ley of Wolmer’s Boys.

WOLMER’S BOYS will go in search of their first Man­ning Cup ti­tle in more than 20 years when they square off against three-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Ja­maica Col­lege at the Na­tional Sta­dium this evening at 6 o’clock.

Both teams scored easy wins in the semi­fi­nals last week­end and to­day’s bat­tle, be­tween two of the is­land’s top tra­di­tional schools, should be close.

JC wel­comed back tal­ented Tyreek Magee from in­jury last week­end, and he will be a key man for them to­day.

Magee, who re­cently at­tended a Dig­i­cel Kick-Start camp at Manch­ester City in Eng­land, was very im­pres­sive in last week’s match. He dic­tated play in mid­field, and he must be kept quiet to­day if Wolmer’s hope to de­throne JC.

Also ex­pected to shine for JC are Ron­aldo Brown, cap­tain Oquin Robin­son and lead­ing for­ward Duhaney Wil­liams.

Wolmer’s have come on by leaps and bounds in the lat­ter part of the sea­son and look the team to beat af­ter they lifted the FLOW Su­per Cup on Novem­ber 12. Big striker Alphon­son Gooden has been lead­ing the way up front, while cap­tain Jah­wani Hinds has been a tower of strength in de­fence. Ri­valdo English and An­drew Da­ley are two other key play­ers for Wolmer’s.

Wolmer’s coach Vas­sell Reynolds says his team is burst­ing with con­fi­dence from the FLOW Su­per Cup vic­tory, and their sights are firmly set on the Man­ning Cup.

“I think we will win, but it’s two good teams, and we will have to go with our A game,” he said. “I told peo­ple even be­fore the Su­per Cup that since I have been coach­ing I have never seen this level of con­fi­dence among my play­ers, and since we won the Su­per Cup and the (Man­ning Cup) semi­fi­nal, the con­fi­dence has risen,” he told The Gleaner.

Reynolds ad­mit­ted that their de­fence has been their strength but said they are just as good in at­tack as they have scored 45 goals in 14 Man­ning Cup matches.

“... But this is a fi­nal, and both teams will be mo­ti­vated to give their best, as it is the Man­ning Cup at stake. But we need it more Al­phanso Gooden of Wolmer’s Ja­maica Col­lege’s Tyreek Magee (right). than them ... I think we will give our all, and I am cer­tain that with a lit­tle luck, the Man­ning Cup will be at He­roes Cir­cle,” he stated.

Many have ar­gued that Miguel Co­ley’s JC have not faced any of the tour­na­ment’s big guns to date this sea­son, and that Wolmer’s are more bat­tle ready but Co­ley is not per­turbed and is just happy to be in the fi­nal.

“Win­ning the Man­ning Cup is al­ways on our agenda, and be­ing in the fi­nal gives us the best chance to go out and achieve our ob­jec­tive. Be­fore the semi-fi­nals, peo­ple were say­ing Holy Trin­ity are a big team, a tricky team, and how they were go­ing to de­feat us, but we crossed that hur­dle. JC’s Ron­aldo Brown.

JC, Wolmer’s clash in Man­ning Cup fi­nal

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