Up for grabs

STETHS, KC in mega FLOW Super Cup finale

Saturday, November 25, 2017

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It started with eight teams.

Now it's down to two as Kingston College (KC) and St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) clash in the mouthwatering Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Super Cup final at Sabina Park, starting at 7:00 pm.

Both KC and STETHS are coming off deflating semi-final losses in the respective Manning and daCosta Cup competitions and this is each school's last chance to win any silverware this season, hence the stage is set for an epic battle.

The cash-rich Super Cup, now in its fourth year, has taken schoolboy football to another level. And either STETHS or KC will be crowned Super Cup champions for the very first time and pocket a whopping $1-million winning prize.

Both teams have already earned $350,000 by reaching the final. The winners will collect an additional $650,000, taking the combined total to million-dollar mark — not bad for just three games.

No school has won the tournament more than once, with Jamaica College capturing the first edition in 2014, followed by St George's College in 2015 and Wolmer's Boys' in 2016. All are urban schools, but STETHS will be hoping to buck the trend and provide rural Jamaica with its first victory.

STETHS is one of the most consistent schools in recent times, winning six of the last eight Ben Francis Cup knockout titles. They have been champions of the daCosta Cup two of the last four years, while reaching the final four in the last six years. The Omar Wedderburn-coached outfit is accustomed to playing in finals and will take some beating.

“It is a final and both teams want to win the one trophy, so everyone going all out and no one needs to hold back,” Wedderburn told the Jamaica Observer.

“The game is going to be a very interesting one, a game that both teams need to win,” he added.

STETHS are coming off a humiliating 2-5 defeat at the hands of Rusea's High, a team that KC whipped 4-1.

“Everything is good. The players responded very well and I am surprised how well they responded from Tuesday,” Wedderburn noted.

“We are as confident as KC. It is a final and you can't anticipate a final and you can't wait until the particular day, so you have to have your game plan and think about your opponent and execute,” he said.

The highly touted KC are coming off a 1-2 loss to St Andrew Technical High School, a team that STETHS defeated in the Super Cup on penalties. How KC will respond is left to be seen.

But coach Ludlow Bernard believes his team — which lost the Walker Cup final to Jamaica College previously this season — is ready for the task at hand.

“I gave them yesterday (Thursday) to really cool out, but I have been speaking with them and they have been speaking amongst themselves, and they appeared to be very committed to the game. They are committed to win the game because they figured that they probably had let down themselves and there is a case for them to redeem themselves,” Bernard pointed out.

“I expect a very competitive game from them (STETHS). They have a very good striker in Demar James; he is a very good player and will have to be respected throughout the course of the afternoon,” he noted.

“Coach Wedderburn always put out a very competitive team and I expect the same also; I am looking forward to a good game from them. But my boys will be raring to go, irrespective of any line-up they will be putting out there,” Bernard added.

KC will be looking to their inspirational captain and top defender Javian Brown, top scorer Rashawn Mackison, Fabian Grant, Horace Ramsey, Ronaldo Robinson and Trayvonne Reid to lead the victory charge.

STETHS will once again depend on midfield general and Captain Chris-Andrew Dixon for inspiration, along with noted goalscorer James, Alex Thompson, Clifton Woodbine and goalkeeper Shavar Foster to take them over the line.

The key to victory for both teams might just be the battle between James and Brown. Both players will be critical to their team's success.

Sabina Park's gates will be opened at 5:00 pm and it will cost patrons $1000 to enter. As usual, there will be prizes and giveaways, along with added entertainment by special guest artistes.




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