Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Last year's beaten finalists, Hydel High, recorded their first win of the season in the LIME/Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Associa-tion (ISSA)/Manning Cup football competition, with a 1-0 victory over St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) at Bumper Hall yesterday.
In the day's other game, former champions Excelsior High recorded a 1-0 win over St Jago High at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. Tevin Jackson scored the lone goal for Excelsior in the 81st minute.
Stephen Barnett was on target for the Geoffrey Maxwell-coached Hydel in the 15th minute. The win moved Hydel to the top of Group 'A' to four points.
Maxwell said he was happy with his team's performance because they played well from start to finish.
"It's early going, but I thought we should have won the game by about six to nine goals," said Maxwell. "We got chances like rain falling, but I think overall it was a good performance from us," he said.
Michael Francis, coach of STATHS, was somewhat disappointed with his team's display.
"I think it was a very keenly contested game by both teams, but overall my team played a bit nervous in the first half, hence we gave up a soft goal."
Hydel dominated possession in the early exchanges and were rewarded when livewire Barnett curled home a beautiful right-footed shot 20-yard past goalkeeper Owen Dumetz.
Barnett came close to doubling Hydel's lead five minutes later, but with Dumetz at his mercy, he sent his powerful shot wide. Dean Edwards had STATHS' best scoring opportunity in the first half, but his close range effort was wide of the target.
Both teams created a number of clear opportunities in the second half, but poor shooting from their attackers let them down.
Today's games: Group C: Clan Carthy vs St Catherine, Denham Town vs Kingston Technical, Wolmer's vs Papine. Group D: Oberlin vs St George's College, Camperdown vs Donald Quarrie, Vauxhall vs Charlie Smith.
Group F: Eltham vs Greater Portmore, Penwood vs Kingston College.