PHC Zebras and St George’s poised for exciting cup tie showdown
PHC Zebras and St George’s Colts will renew their fierce rivalry in an intriguing Friendship Trophy quarter-final match-up at Wellington Oval on Sunday.
PHC hold a psychological advantage after beating their rivals 3-2 in a five-goal Premier Division thriller at the same venue last month, when they jumped out to a 3-0 lead before holding off a late fightback to secure the points.
Marco Warren, the PHC captain, is anticipating an equally hard-fought encounter between the two sides.
“It should be a really good match between two attacking teams that like to build from back to front with a little bit of direct play in between,” he told The Royal Gazette.
“These guys have a lot of firepower and a lot of good chemistry going forward. So I think we were going to have to be on our best defensive behaviour to make sure we counteract what they are doing but also that we let loose some firepower of our own.
“I really think it’s going to be a good game and I advise any fan to go watch it.”
The outing will be PHC’s first since they thrashed Boulevard 9-0 in the league on December 1.
St George’s are enjoying one of their best starts to a season and their confidence is soaring after they thumped league leaders, the previously unbeaten North Village 4-0 on their own patch last weekend.
Jarreau Hayward, the St George’s coach, says his players will have to be at their best if they are to come away victorious.
“PHC are a top-quality side and we are looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “They played really well against us, so we will have to be on our A game.”
Hayward said his players are excited to have another opportunity to compete for silverware over the festive period.
“It's an opportunity for a trophy run and to continue playing over the holidays, and something we are looking forward to being a part of,” HAyward added.
“Hopefully we can come out with a victory and make our community proud.”
The remaining Friendship Trophy quarter-finals feature inaugural winners North Village hosting Boulevard at Bernard Park, while Hamilton Parish face Somerset Trojans at Lord’s.
Holders Devonshire Cougars will face Dandy Town at Goose Gosling Field on December 17 in a repeat of last season’s final.
There are also three First Division Shield quarter-final matches scheduled for Sunday.
St David’s will face Devonshire Colts at Lord’s, Ireland Rangers and Southampton Rangers will bump heads at Wellington Oval while Paget take on Somerset Eagles at Bernard Park.
Holders Wolves will begin their title defence against Young Men’s Social Club in a repeat of last season’s final at Goose Gosling Field on December 17.