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Coach Williams pleased with STATHS team's growth

BY DWAYNE RICHARDS
Observer writer

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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With a record of 12 wins, two draws and no losses in the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition so far this season, St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), seem poised to go all the way to secure their second lien on the coveted title.

Their first and only title was way back in 1987.

The Phillip Williams-coached team has, for the third-consecutive year, secured a berth in the semi-finals. And if they are able to maintain their current vein of form in this competition, then they could prove very hard to oppose, should they get to the showpiece event.

In this season's Manning Cup they have scored 51 goals and conceded just four.

Williams believes the attacking potency and tidy defensive shape of his Bumper Hall-based team has once again propelled them into contention and he expects them to remain a danger to all. They will complete their quarter-final fixtures against Jamaica College today, in a repeat of the 2017 final.

“This [STATHS team] is a very dangerous team and if you take them lightly they will hurt you,” Williams declared.

STATHS's rivals would have been aware of that by now, especially after a silky second-half display that saw them coming from behind to stun St George's College 3-1 last week.

Williams, who has led the team to all three semi-finals so far, is pleased with the growth of the football programme, since he took to the helm at the start of the 2017 season.

“It's a very young programme underneath my watch, this is the third year running now and three times into the semi-finals, so that shows some amount of growth. This year, we did it with one game to spare, that shows more growth and I am very happy for the progress the programme has shown over the three seasons that I am in charge,” Williams reasoned.

“There is a lot to take from the performance against St George's. They are a good team on any given day and to come back from a goal down to beat them 3-1, must be something special, but we are a very humble bunch and we take each game as it comes and we won't make it get to us,” he added.

Despite their current form and an early semi-final berth, Williams is cognisant that there is still a lot to play for and as such, pointed out that player management will be important in their next two games at least, as they look to return to the Manning Cup finals.

“We won't be tooting our horns and talking about championship just yet. There is a long way to go, a lot of tough teams to play and the injuries are stacking up. So we have to just stay grounded, keep them as injury free as possible and patch up the injuries and just take it one game at a time,” Williams ended.


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