Friday 22 November, 2019

St Jago High gearing up for good 2018 Manning Cup season

St Jago High and Dinthill High contesting the third-place playoff match of the recent INSPORTS Challenge Cup at the Owen Palmer Oval in Homestead, St Catherine. St Jago won 2-1. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).

St Jago High and Dinthill High contesting the third-place playoff match of the recent INSPORTS Challenge Cup at the Owen Palmer Oval in Homestead, St Catherine. St Jago won 2-1. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).

St Jago High have retained 10 players for the 2018 season of the Digicel Manning Cup schoolboy football competition.

With a high percentage of players returning, the coaching staff is expecting the St Catherine-based school to improve on last season when it failed to get out of the preliminary round.

Head coach Dwayne Peters said the players returning from last season should have enough experience to lead the school out of the preliminary round.

Dwayne Peters, the head coach of St Jago High Manning Cup football team.

The school received a big boost during the summer with a third-place finish at the annual INSPORTS Challenge Cup.

Peters said the competition served him well, despite not being able to use all the players that were training over the summer, as it allowed him to assess other players. Schools in the INSPORTS Challenge Cup can only use players that were enrolled in the institution, before the summer break.

Peters said, “this preseason, the Challenge Cup helps us a lot because we were able to use some of our second-string players to express themselves.”

St Jago High and Dinthill High contesting the third-place playoff match of the recent INSPORTS Challenge Cup at the Owen Palmer Oval in Homestead, St Catherine. St Jago won 2-1.

St Jago High will play in Group D  along with former champions Bridgeport High, Denham Town High, Greater Portmore High, Innswood High and Tivoli Gardens High.

The 2018 season is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, September 8 and is expected to be one of the best with Manning Cup and Walker Cup knockout title sponsors Digicel promising to bring a new level of energy, fun and excitement to entertainment at the matches.

Digicel and Wisynco were confirmed as title sponsors of schoolboy football for the next three years last week.

Digicel, in its second stint as title sponsors, will invest $75 million over three years in theManning Cup  and Walker Cup knockout competitions. Wisynco announced a sponsorship package of close to $100 million in the rural area daCosta Cup and Ben Francis knockout.

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