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JC target U-14, U-16 double

...Take on KC, St George's for titles today

BY DWAYNE RICHARDS
Observer writer

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Jamaica College will seek to exert total dominance over their urban area schoolboy football counterparts when they go on the hunt for the final two jewels in the crown today.

The Old Hope Road-based school will contest both the finals of the ISSA/FRESHHH Under-14 and Under-16 competitions against North Street rivals Kingston College and St George's College, respectively, intent on winning both titles to add to the three senior titles — the Manning Cup, Walker Cup and Olivier Shield won this season.

Jamaica College qualified for the Under-14 final when they comfortably disposed of Hydel High 5-0 in the semi-finals last week in a dominant performance. The “Dark Blues” will be bubbling with confidence as their experienced squad has not only talent, but size to give their opponents a real run for their money.

Thyiem Shaw is a towering figure in midfield who displays great composure on the ball, and joins their skilful captain Duncan McKenzie, creates a dynamic duo for JC in the middle of the park. Atario Brown, who scored a brace against Hydel, should once again lead the line for the Wayne Palmer-coached team.

Kingston College will be playing in their fifth consecutive final, having won the previous three before losing to Tivoli Gardens High last year. They will be looking to regain the title and are likely to depend heavily on Nishawn Richardson whose hat-trick took them past St Catherine High in the semi-finals.

Kingston College know that the Jamaica College team will provide the strongest challenge of the season for them and will be wary of the threat from Old Hope Road. Daniel Wallace, who plays a big role in midfield for the North Street-based outfit will have to be at his best to protect the back four this afternoon.

The Under-16 final will follow, and will see JC taking on a slick St George's College team. JC were taken all the way to penalties by Kingston College before prevailing 3-2 in wet weather on Monday, and will face an opponent that made light work of the Wolmer's challenge, also on Monday, easing to a comfortable 3-1 win after leading 3-0 at half-time.

Jamaica College started with Manning Cup star Shaniel Thomas on the bench on Monday after his exertions in the Olivier Shield against Rusea's. He is likely to start today after getting adequate rest, and should prove a handful for the STGC defence.

But St George's coach Marcel Gayle is a wily customer and will have his troops ready to play regardless of the situation. Their display on Monday, despite of steady rain, shows that they are ready for whatever is thrown at them.

This final is expected to be very competitive, as reputations as well as titles will be on the line.

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