Jersey have the edge in Muratti Vase final

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With 22 players still in the running for the 18 squad places, Vincenti is not expected to name his starting line up until the final training session tomorrow morning.

Jersey will be out to avenge last season’s Centenary replay defeat on penalties following a 3-3 draw at Springfield and the goal-less encounter at Foote’s Lane.

Vincenti, who steered Jersey to five Muratti successes in his first reign as manager between 1992 and 1998, has already tasted Muratti success again in the U21 version earlier this month and the Sarnians certainly won’t be happy to see him patrolling the line again.

Former under-18 manager Jon Welsh, Vincenti’s No 2 on a caretaker basis this season, said: ‘There is a good feel to the squad and I’m really looking forward to the game.

It’s different to the U18 games from when I was manager, there is a lot more expectancy around.

‘The build-up to the game has been great, certainly this week.

Working with Peter is different too, he is a good tactician and he is skilful in motivating the players.

‘There is continuity on the coaching side too as Dave Walsh and Dave Kennedy have been excellent; it’s great to see the U18, U21 and senior team management working well as a team.

‘I’m always confident of victory, you have to be and we have a good set of players.

On Wednesday and Thursday they trained well, they certainly are hungry for success.

‘The inter-community tournament currently being played also shows me we have strength in depth with the players.

There are some very good players playing so it’s proof we are blessed with many fine individuals around at present.

‘The youngsters are also impressing too, they showed their worth by winning the U21 Muratti earlier this month.

‘It all bodes well at the moment but we must not go into the game complacent.

If we don’t turn up and Guernsey are up for it then it will be a difficult game.

‘Peter is vastly experienced and I’m sure he will have everyone 100 per cent focused with a job to do so that the team wins the game.’ Vincenti will choose from three goalkeepers, Gareth Bayley who played against Gloucestershire, Jimmy Styles who faced Alderney and Casey Hickling who had a fine game against Guernsey’s U21s.

Defensively he has six players available to fill three or four slots depending on what system he plays.

Under-18 Joel Speight and Kevan Crowell both had excellent games for the U21s and both are pushing for contention against the experience of Ryan Lumsden, Bradley Vowden and Stuart André along with Carl Eubank whose proved his worth in his two games since Vincenti’s return.

There are so many permutations available in midfield and eight to probably fill the five positions the manager is likely to use.

Should it be 3-5-2, 4-5-1, 4-4-2 or 4-4-3, Vincenti has an abundance of talent in Chris Andrews, Peter Vincenti jnr, Luke Watson, Jon Fitzmaurice and former professionals Dave Brodie, Mark Brown and young Jack Cannon.

Andrews and Fitzmaurice supplied a stream of quality deliveries into the penalty area in Alderney and it continued when Cannon entered the fray with 15 minutes remaining.

Danny Craven played just behind the front two in Alderney, Andrews and Ross Crick were used as a two-pronged attack, but we could see Craven thrown up top this time to partner Crick.

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