Tough sched­ul­ing hurt­ing Ex­cel­sior – Hal­li­man

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - ROBERT BAI­LEY

Ex­cel­sior’s head coach, Lee­bert Hal­li­man, says the hec­tic foot­ball sched­ule has taken a toll on his team and will put them at a dis­ad­van­tage en­ter­ing Satur­day’s big Manning Cup semi- fi­nal clash against Ja­maica Col­lege at the Na­tional Sta­dium.

Hal­li­man told STAR Sports that none of the teams in the semi- fi­nals have played as many games in as short a pe­riod of time as his team.

“I have to be play­ing three 1 o’clock games three or four days apart, while the rest of the teams have been rest­ing for seven or eight days and so are at an ad­van­tage,” Hal­li­man said.

“JC have been sit­ting down for the last seven days and so they will be fresh, while we just played a semi- fi­nal game, which went to ex­tra time and so the odds will be against us,” he added.

Hal­li­man also stated that he be­lieves that in ad­di­tion to a hec­tic sched­ule, his team is at a dis­ad­van­tage due to the school­boy foot­ball re­cruit­ment process, which leaves his team with less depth than oth­ers.

“These other teams in the semi- fi­nals are mar­ket teams, be­cause they are in a trans­fer mar­ket and we are not. I don’t have the qual­ity and the depth like these other teams, be­cause I am not in the mar­ket for trans­fer­ring play­ers.”

Ex­cel­sior de­feated de­fend­ing Manning Cup cham­pi­ons St Ge­orge’s Col­lege 4- 2 on penal­ties, on Tues­day, to reach the fi­nal of the Walker Cup.

The Moun­tain View- based in­sti­tu­tion will hold a slight ad­van­tage over their op­po­nents en­ter­ing Satur­day’s clash, af­ter de­feat­ing them ( JC) 2- 0 in the quar­ter- fi­nals of the Walker Cup com­pe­ti­tion.

Hal­li­man added that the Walker Cup com­pe­ti­tion is much dif­fer­ent from the Manning Cup tour­na­ment, and both teams will be tak­ing a much dif­fer­ent ap­proach to Satur­day’s game.

“I can’t ask my team for more than just to go out there and give it their best shot on Satur­day,” Hal­li­man said.

“It was not easy for us to reach here, and so we just have to go out and de­fend it.”

“We can’t reach here and get com­pla­cent, be­cause it is ei­ther joy or tears. I told them that come Satur­day, to play hard and en­joy their game,” Hal­li­man said.

St Ge­orge’s Col­lege and Wolmer’s Boys will meet in the other semi- fi­nal.

Dar­ren Mat­tocks

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Lee­bert Hal­li­man

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