Jersey get triple boost

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Midfielders Jack Boyle and Calum Black and defender Sam Habin have all won their battles against injury to be included in Jersey’s squad who will bid to retain the Inter-Insular Cup and chalk up their fourth win in four years.

Jersey assistant coach Dave Kennedy said: ‘It’s a big boost to have Jack, Calum and Sam fit, they have all been big players for their clubs this season and playing well.

‘Everyone is looking forward to the game, we have a talented bunch who have worked very well this week and they are focused on getting a good result.

‘We’ve set our stall out and talked everything through with the players.

If they work hard and stick to the game plan then I’m sure we’ll create chances and hopefully take them when they come along.

‘This season has been a steep learning curve for them, with matches against good teams.

The Muratti is a win or bust game and I hope it’s a win for our lads.

‘Every time they have played they have learned from the opposition and if they take what they’ve learned from the season into the match and perform then they should deliver.

‘I’m hoping for a good crowd and a noisy one to spur our players on.

The JFA are putting on a lunch and I’m told that’s a sell out so that is good news.

‘The more at Springfield the merrier, it’s a fantastic stadium for the players and we will be looking to get at Guernsey from the start.’ Guernsey will be looking for revenge after losing to an 88th-minute goal last year at Foote’s Lane.

Guernsey coach Paul Ockleford said: ‘Last year I thought we were the better side but Jersey caught us late on from a corner; we just didn’t get the run of the green in front of goal last time.’ Ockleford is without the services of the injured trio Billy Page, Ben Coulter and Tom Jenkins, but he is upbeat.

‘We’ve worked on a good shape and if we can go out there and be positive I’m sure we will get the right result and a positive outcome.

‘We have got a couple of youngsters in the squad like Matt Loaring and Scott Bougourd, who are very good footballers, but as a group they will all need to produce on the day.

‘I don’t know a great deal about Jersey but what I expect them to be is a strong, good passing side.’ Guernsey’s U18s’ season so far has been characterised by sluggish first-half performances and impressive second-half displays.

Kick-off at Springfield is at 1.30 pm.

Jersey squad: Sam Habin, Jordan McBride, Pierce Cummins (captain), Luke Campbell, Oliver Thompson, Jason De Andrade, Jack Boyle, David Kenyon, Michael Weir, Marcus Carlow, Matt Brookland, Greg Forster, Declan Sowney, Jamie Cullen, Callum Black, Sam de la Haye, John Borg and Seb Poole.

Manager: Dave Walsh.

Guernsey squad: Andy Rigden (Vale Rec) William Woodford (North); Jamie Tolcher, Miles Pengelley, Jamie Dodd, Gary Dodd (all North), Tom Strawbridge (Sylvans), Aaron Walden (Bels), David Morris (St Martin’s); Alex Le Prevost, Richard Moore, Matt Loaring (all North), Mark Ramsden, Tom de Garis (both Vale Rec), Brady Lesbriel, Matt Le Prevost (both Sylvans); Glyn Dyer, Scott Bougourd (both North), David Cusack (Rangers).

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