Excelsior's Gilbert satisfied with Manning Cup start
Lennon Green (left) of Excelsior High and Brandon Ellis of Cumberland High vie for the ball during their Manning Cup match at Excelsior on September 15, 2022. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

Xavier Glibert, head coach of the Excelsior High football team, may not want to get too far ahead of himself too early in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association/Digicel Manning Cup competition. But the experienced tactician said that once his players continue to show improvement, his team will continue to reap success in the ongoing.

Excelsior are off to a solid start this campaign, having played out to a 2-2 result against Kingston Technical; a 6-0 whipping of Cumberland; edging Clan Carthy 1-0; and defeating Jose Marti Technical 1-0 to top Group F so far with 10 points. Excelsior, however, have one game pending against Campion College, which was called off in the second half due to heavy rain and lightning on Thursday.

"We just have to continue playing as we are doing and continue to improve as we play day by day and work on the deficiencies that we think that we have to work on. The more we play, the better it gets," Gilbert told the Jamaica Observer.

"We still have some niggling injuries and some possessions that I believe we need to sort out, and I believe that once we fix those things we will be doing better," he said.

Referee Keble Williams called off the top-of-the-table clash between Excelsior and Campion with 16 minutes remaining on the clock on Thursday. The teams were locked at 0-0 before the premature end to what was an exciting, ding-dong battle.

Excelsior dominated the entire match before the interruption as they showed more class.

"It was a good showing from the team. I mean, the players played well, and the most important thing is that we are still unbeaten and are still at the top of the group. I mean, we definitely want to top the group and at least make it to the last eight, and we will take it from there," Gilbert said.

Camperdown's Taevaughn Rennie (airborne) is tackled by Jomo Gordon of Hydel during their Manning Cup Group E clash at Stadium East on Wednesday. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

FRIDAY'S RESULTS

Group B

St Catherine 3, Holy Trinity 0

Group E

Camperdown 1, Wolmer's Boys' 0

SATURDAY'S GAMES

Group A

Ardenne vs St George's College @ Ardenne

Calabar vs Kingston College @ Red Hills Road

Meadowbrook vs Waterford @ Winchester Park

Group B

Cedar Grove Academy vs St Jago @ Cedar Grove Academy

St Mary's College vs Jamaica College @ St Mary's College

Group C

Charlie Smith vs Haile Selassie @ Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex

Bridgeport vs Edith Dalton @ Dunbeholden

Vauxhall vs Tivoli Gardens @ Vauxhall

Group D

Dunoon Technical vs Jonathan Grant @ Excelsior

Spanish Town vs Tarrant @ Prison Oval

STATHS vs Norman Manley @ Bumper Hall

Group E

Hydel vs Papine @ Royal Lakes

Kingston High vs Mona @ Breezy Castle

Group F

Clan Carthy vs Campion College @ Campion College

Jose Marti vs Cumberland @ Jose Marti

Kingston Technical vs Excelsior @ Kingston Technical

BY RUDDY ALLEN Staff reporter ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

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