Jamaica Gleaner / St Andrew Technical High’s (STATHS) coach Phillip Williams has expressed his satisfaction with the team’s overall display during the 2017 season, despite losing 5-3 on penalties to defending champions Jamaica College in the final of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup on Friday.

Williams told The Sunday Gleaner after Friday’s defeat at the National Stadium that his players proved many individuals wrong this season, and he is happy with their performances despite the defeat.

“It was a very good game by my lads because they played well, and they stuck to the game plan, and they pushed the defending champions to a penalty shoot-out,” said Williams.

“But going into the penalty shoot-out, we knew that it was a lottery and could go either way, but unfortunately for us, they were perfect from the spot and we weren’t,” he said.

“It was a very good season for us because we reached the final, and so there is not much more you can say apart from the fact that we are disappointed with the result,” said Williams.



He added that they kept many doubters quiet this season with some outstanding performances throughout the competition. This includes a 2-1 victory over pre-season favourites Kingston College in the semi-finals of the competition.

“We kept a lot of analysts quiet, a lot of critics quiet, in terms of continuously getting the results against the odds, but we are doing well and we are in good stead,” Williams said. “We are developing a programme that can compete against the best, and we feel good about the season.”

Williams stated that they would be a force to be reckoned with next season because they will be retaining the large majority of their players.

“We will be retaining about 18 of these players for next season, and so we should be right up there with the top contenders when the season begins.”

– R.B.


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