Hot Hydel High seek fifth victory
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
A confident Hydel High will oppose St Catherine High in today's feature game in Group F of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/LIME Manning Cup competition at the Caymanas field, starting at 3:30 p.m.
In the group's other matches, St Jago High await Penwood High, and Eltham High entertain Calabar High.
The Donovan Hayles-coached Hydel, who are coming off a Nicholas Nelson-inspired 2-0 victory over the previously unbeaten Calabar on Tuesday, lead the standings with a perfect 12 points from four matches. They have netted 23 goals while conceding none.
St Catherine, who are fourth in the standings with five points, have scored five goals and conceded five. Calabar are second with seven points ahead St Jago (six), Eltham (four), and Penwood (zero).
Meanwhile, leaders Denham Town will meet Innswood in a top-of-table clash in Group C at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.
In the group's other games, St Mary's College will host Edith Dalton James and Ardenne battle Tivoli.
Denham Town, who reached the quarter-finals of last year's competition, lead the group with 10 points, one ahead of Innswood. They are followed by St Mary's College and Ardenne who are locked on six points, Tivoli (four) and Edith Dalton James zero.
Denham Town, the hot favourites to win today's contest, edged Edith Dalton James in their last encounter on Tuesday. Innswood, on the other hand, lost 2-1 to Ardenne at home.
Group B leaders, Charlie Smith will play away to Vauxhall. In the group's other game, Mona will entertain Cumberland. The Jerome Waite-coached Charlie Smith, who last won the title in 1995, leads the group with a perfect nine points from three matches.
They are followed by Excelsior (seven), Vauxhall (four) and Cumberland and Mona on one point each.
Charlie Smith will enter today's contest oozing confidence, following their come-from-behind 3-1 victory over the previously unbeaten Excelsior at the Courtney Walsh Oval last week.
Meanwhile yesterday's rescheduled Group D encounter between Papine High and Camperdown High was abandoned because of a water-logged field.