Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Hydel High will hunt their second win in Group H of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup second round when they face Kingston College in the first match of a double header at Spanish Town Prison Oval in St Catherine, today, starting at 1 p.m.
The Hydel team got a last-minute 1-0 victory against Charlie Smith High in the first game in the group 10 days ago, and will be going all out against a KC aggregation that lost 1-0 against Jamaica College on the same day.
A win for Hydel will put them firmly on course to top the group and advance to the semi-finals. KC must win to have any hope of taking top spot with one round of games remaining in the group after today's matches.
Hydel, under the guidance of experienced coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, lost against St George's College in the Manning Cup final last year, and are still in the fight for their first title in four years in the competition.
On the other hand, many-time winners KC have not won the title since 1986 and the drought will continue if they fail to get three points today.
"Well, I think we can beat KC," a confident Maxwell told The Gleaner yesterday. "I think JC (Jamaica College) are the team to beat in the Manning Cup this year," he pointed out.
"We have seen KC twice, and I think we have the firepower to beat them. It should be an interesting match tomorrow," Maxwell added.
On the other hand, KC's head coach, Donovan 'DV' Hayles, is fully aware that his team needs to win today to stay in contention.
"It is our last throw of the dice. With JC and Hydel already on three points each, and ourselves and Charlie Smith without a point after one set of games, nothing but a win will suffice against Hydel," Hayles admitted.
In the second game at the venue, it is a similar situation as JC also need a win to strengthen their chances while Charlie Smith must win to keep their slim hopes alive.
It should be an interesting encounter as both teams have been playing well this season. However, JC are given the nod to come out with three points.