Super Final! … Champs JC and STGC meet in title decider
It’s as if they were made for each other. Jamaica College and St George’s College have formed a powerful duopoly of local schoolboy football over the last decade in particular and will, for the first time this season, come face-to-face with the ISSA/Flow Super Cup title on the line. The National Stadium will form the stage for the 6:00 p.m. start with Wolmer’s and St Jago providing the opening act with a 4 p.m. third place play-off. The pair have equally shared the last eight Manning Cup and Olivier Shield titles and four of the last six Walker Cup crowns. Today, Super Cup champions Jamaica College – missing the gloss of seasons gone by, but a well-oiled championship machine nonetheless, sharpen their swords and raise their shields in defence against a mighty foe in St George’s College – an aesthetical, easy scoring unit. St George’s College have bulged the net on 11 occasions in this competition after dumping Petersfield 5-0 in the first round, before edging Glenmuir 3-2 and bettering St Jago 3-1 in last week’s semi-final. They have shown at times that they aren’t necessarily the best defensive team though, with suspect goalkeeping and less than convincing aerial defending evident on some occasions. Still, the three goals that they have conceded won’t ring any alarm bells and with six goals to their credit, Jamaica College isn’t exactly a goal scoring menace per se. But they should prove difficult to break down for the ‘Georgians’ with only their first round opponent Vere Technical, who they defeated 2-1 beating their goalkeeper to date. Jamaica College’s journey also took them to 2-0 wins over Excelsior and Wolmer’s, and despite the comparative hush around their credentials, no one can question their mettle and experience at this level. St George’s will rely on Alex Marshall and Gregory Messam Jr, with influential skipper Shevon Stewart likely to miss the contest, while the defending champions will look to their entire unit, which has been ably anchored by captain Allando Brown. They might however, be without coach Miguel Coley on the bench given his duties with the Reggae Boyz, who are preparing to face Haiti on Wednesday in their second CONCACAF semi-final round FIFA World Cup qualifier. Manager Ian Forbes isn’t expecting this to be too much of a bother for his team and believes his charges will be more than ready for the light blue wave today. A shiny new Flow Super Cup trophy and an accumulated $1 million awaits the winner, with the first major title in the schoolboy football season set to be decided.