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Defending champs Cornwall eye Champions Cup repeat - KC, JC, get campaign started

Published:Saturday | November 2, 2019 | 12:16 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Members of the Cornwall College football team celebrate with the ISSA Champions Cup title after they clipped Jamaica College 1-0 in last year’s final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
Members of the Cornwall College football team celebrate with the ISSA Champions Cup title after they clipped Jamaica College 1-0 in last year’s final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Defending champions Cornwall College will begin their defence of the ISSA/Champions Cup knockout competition when they take on Charlie Smith at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Montego Bay starting at 6:30 p.m.

In the opening match of the double-header, St Andrew Technical will entertain Manning’s at 4 p.m.

Cornwall, who became the first rural area team to lift the trophy since its inception four years ago, have been in excellent form this season, having secured a spot in the semi-final of the daCosta Cup competition.

The Dr Dean Weatherly-coached unit will be aiming to create history this year, as no team has successfully defended this trophy in the short history of the competition.

Cornwall will be looking to Brandon Curate, Solano Birch and Kamali Powell to lead their charge to victory.

On the other hand, the Jerome Waite-coached Charlie Smith, who have never won this competition, will be looking to rebound from a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Kingston College (KC) in the quarter-finals of the Manning Cup competition on Thursday.

Charlie Smith will rest their hopes in the hands of their senior players, Clive Beckford and Robert Russell.

Clashes galore

Meanwhile, defending Manning Cup champions Kingston College (KC) will host Garvey Maceo in the second match of a double-header at the National Stadium starting at 6:30 p.m. In the opening match at 4 p.m. last year’s beaten finalist Jamaica College will face McGrath in a tricky encounter.

In the meantime, at the St Elizabeth Technical High in Santa Cruz, the Christopher Bender-coached Camperdown will challenge Frome Technical at 2 p.m. and former champions St George’s College will oppose B.B. Coke at 4:00 p.m.