Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
A pulsating encounter is expected today when favourites Wolmer's and Bridgeport meet in a Group J top-of-the-table clash in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup at the Spanish Town Prison Oval today starting at 1 p.m.
In the second game of the group's double-header, Norman Manley will oppose Holy Trinity starting at 3 p.m.
Wolmer's and Bridgeport are tied atop the standings with three points, respectively. However, the latter are ahead of Wolmer's in the group with a one-plus goal difference.
They are followed by Norman Manley and Holy Trinity, who are still searching for their first point in the second round. Wolmer's, who have been impressive in the competition this season, defeated Norman Manley 1-0 in their opening game in the group on Monday.
Ludlow Bernard, coach of Wolmer's, said his team is expecting a very tough game from their opponents, but is confident that his side will come out on top.
"I expect Bridgeport to be coming all out at us and so we are going to have to be very aggressive with our approach, because we want to win the game," said Bernard.
"It should be a very good game because both teams want to win but I am confident that we can come out the victors on the day," Bernard added. The Heroes Circle-based Wolmer's, who last won the competition in 1994, will rest their hopes in the hands of their top scorer and former national Under-17 player, Jaheel Hyde, who has netted 15 goals this season.
Hyde is expected to receive valuable support from Jordan James, who has scored nine goals this season midfielder Demar Rose; Kimo Wallace and Kamario Osbourne.
Bernard's opposite, Tyrone Roberts, is also expressing confidence ahead of today's clash.
"I think that fitness and concentration will come into play for both teams and I think that the team that makes the least mistakes will win the game," said Roberts. "I am always confident in my team because once my team comes to play on the day, then we can beat anybody."