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McComie: Ma Pau capable of reaching Toyota Final

McComie: Ma Pau capable of reaching Toyota Final Ma Pau SC is expected to feature former Trinidad and Tobago and Walsall goalkeeper Clayton Ince on Friday against rivals San Juan Jabloteh from 8pm at the Larry Gomes Stadium in the semi-final round of the 2010-2011 Toyota Classic and head coach Michael McComie is hoping that his side’s current form will see them through to the Final.

In the earlier semi-final clash at the Malabar venue Super League outfit Joe Public will tackle DIRECTV North East Stars from 6pm.

Ma Pau cruised through the Round of 16 with a 3-0 win over FC SouthEnd followed by a 5-4 penalty win over Caledonia AIA in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday night at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium after a goalless draw.

Ince, who stood large in both encounters keeping clean-sheets, played a major role on the kicks from the penalty spot against Caledonia making three saves denying Conrod Smith, Stephan David and Nuru Abdullah Muhammed.

“We are defending well as a team and going forward well as a team,” said McComie on Thursday. “We have made changes in our structure and the players are responded positively. We weren’t able to do this in the League, but now at the knockout stage it’s working for us.”

“We are looking forward to the clash (against Jabloteh),” said the Ma Pau coach in a soft tone of confidence.

“We are fully prepared and believe we are capable of reaching the Final.”

McComie preferred not to reveal possible starters against Jabloteh but confirmed that all his players are fit and card free for selection.

Ma Pau and Jabloteh have met on four previous occasions in the 2010-2011 season with the Terry Fenwick coached San Juan side managing two wins while McComie enjoyed two, one of which was on a technicality in the quarterfinal round of the First Citizens Cup.

The last meeting between the pair, Round Two of the Digicel Pro League Championship, Ma Pau suffered a 1-0 defeat.

The contest between McComie and Fenwick has been a boiling one over time however McComie dismissed any rivalry between himself and the Jabloteh coach for Friday’s semi-final clash adding, “I don’t see it as anything between Fenwick and myself.

“I think it would be about my players that are currently growing in confidence, especially coming away with two clean sheets in our last two games.”

McComie praised himself and assistant coach Angus Eve commenting on Tuesday’s quarterfinal victory against Caledonia which placed his side into the semi-final round.

“I thought it was an entertaining game (against Caledonia),” he said. “It was about two teams trying to play beautiful football.

“However with the sending off of Caledonia’s Densill Theobald just over the half hour mark for a callous stamping on Kerry Noray, I think we failed to take advantage by dropping our game for the remainder of the first half.

“Caledonia is a good and well organized team but Angus and I see ourselves as excellent coaches. We did a couple things that counterattacked everything Caledonia did in the second period while creating a number of openings for ourselves which we failed to take advantage of,” said McComie.

2010/2011 Toyota Classic
Semi-Final Round
Friday 18 February
Larry Gomes Stadium
Joe Public(Super League) vs North East Stars—6pm
San Juan Jabloteh vs Ma Pau SC—8pm