Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
St George's College and Camperdown High will square off in a crucial Group K game in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition at Constant Spring Sports Complex, today, starting at 1 p.m.
In the second game of the double-header, Calabar High face Spanish Town High, starting at 3 p.m.
Both schools in the first match are coming off victories in their opening games last Tuesday at Spanish Town Prison Oval. On that day, St George's swamped Calabar 8-1 and Camperdown beat Spanish Town 3-0.
Now, a win for either team could go a long way in deciding who top the group and advance to the semi-finals. Defending champions St George's hold the advantage on a superior goal difference over Camperdown.
St George's also hold a psychological advantage with a win and a draw against Camperdown in two games during the preliminary round. However, it is now a different day.
Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle, St George's College's assistant coach, says his team will be treating the game like any other.
"All games are important. In this round, it is crucial for both teams tomorrow," Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.
"It should be a close game as both teams are coming off good wins. At this point, all teams want to win to move closer to the semi-finals," Gayle added.
St George's have a formidable line-up that includes the team's captain and top goalscorer Ryan Miller with 14 goals. Miller, who operates in central midfield, is having an outstanding season and should get support from Oshane Boothe, Cardel Benbow and Shevon Stewart.
"He (Miller) is a wonderful player, but it is about team-work and not individuals at St George's," Gayle pointed out.
Meanwhile, Christopher Ben-der, coach of Camperdown, says his team is due for a win against the defending champions this season.
"It's very simple, we have to win. We've experienced a draw and a loss to St George's this season, so the next emotion should be a win," Bender noted.
Camperdown will hunt victory with players such as captain Hugh Evans, Rohan Scott, Tevin Shaw, Prince McGilvery and Oneil Anderson.
In the second game at the venue, Calabar and Spanish Town will also look to win in order to keep alive their very slim hopes of making the last four in the premier schoolboy competition.