KC, St George's in crucial clash
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
North Street rivals St George's College and Kingston College (KC), both undefeated to date, will lock horns today for sole leadership of Group A in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup at Clovelly Park starting at 3:30 p.m.
The teams are separated only by goal difference and a win for either team today could have implications for not only qualification to the Walker Cup and LIME Super Cup, but also for the rest of the season as well.
St George's, who are among the top scoring teams in this year's competition, have netted 16 goals, while conceding one. KC, on the other hand, have scored four goals while conceding none.
KC hold the psychological advantage entering today's encounter after defeating St George's 1-0 in the Roper Cup competition last month.
However, the Lenworth 'Teacher' Hyde-coached KC, will be without the services of the inspirational goalkeeper and captain Akim Lawman, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Despite this, Hyde said yesterday that he is very optimistic about his team's chances.
"I am expecting a good game from my team," said Hyde. "We are playing at home and so I expect us to come out and play some good football."
He added that his team has been playing well this season, but they will have to try and stop the St George's team from playing their normal game.
"They are a good team with excellent players and so we just have to be vigilant and be disciplined throughout the entire game," Hyde said.
On the other hand, St George's assistant coach, Marcel Gayle, is cautiously optimistic about his team's chances.
"We are looking forward to going out there to play our brand and our style of football," said Gayle. "We are not taking anything for granted and so we are going out there to give of our best and hopefully, we will get all three points."
Gayle added, "It is a top-of-the-table clash and so getting all three points will be good for us going forward. We just want to go out there and play good football."
KC will be depending heavily on the likes of Jerome Coombs, who has netted two goals this season along with Kashane Jones and Jahzeil Thompson to lead their charge to victory.
St George's will look to their leading scorer Shevon Stewart, who has netted four goals this season long with the versatile Amoy Brown (three) and national Under-17 player Alex Marshall (three) to turn back KC.
In the group's other game Campion College will entertain Waterford at Campion.