Hydel, Denham Town join elite KO ranks
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Hydel High and Denham Town have booked their places in this year's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Super Cup and Walker Cup knockout competitions, following contrasting results yesterday.
The Donovan 'DV' Hayles-coached Hydel thrashed St Catherine 4-1, to top Group F with 23 points, two ahead of Calabar High, who whipped Eltham High 3-0 at Red Hills Road to maintain an outside chance of qualifying for both KO competitions also. They are followed by St Jago (22), St Catherine (10), Eltham (nine), and Penwood zero.
Denham Town secured their place in the knockout round of both competitions, despite going down 2-1 to Innswood at Chedwin Park. Denham Town finished atop Group C with 21 points, the same as Innswood. However, Denham Town have a superior goal difference.
The Earl Bennett-coached Denham Town finished ahead of Innswood with a narrow plus-one goal difference. Both teams now join early qualifiers Jamaica College, St George's College, Wolmer's Boys', and Camperdown High in the knockout round of both competitions.
At Red Hills Road, Omar Walcott (14th), Hagi Campbell (86th), and substitute Mario Sailsman (90th) were the goalscorers for Calabar, who advanced to the second round of the Manning Cup competition.
Pleased with returns
The winning team's coach, Bradley Stewart, was pleased with his team's returns.
"We got three goals today, and I thought that was excellent from us," said Stewart.
"We had to work very hard for this victory against an Eltham team which had nothing to play for, but I am happy that we came out victorious on the day," he said.
Looking ahead to the second round of the Manning Cup competition, Stewart said: "We are going to be playing against teams that are much better than who we played against in this phase in the second round.
"We will have to get better, and so we will have to be a lot more composed, and we will have to make better use of the opportunities that we get," Stewart reasoned.
Calabar dominated the early exchanges and were rewarded when Walcott drove by two Eltham defenders inside the 18-yard box, then slotted the ball past the goalkeeper.
The green-and-black-clad Calabar could have increased their advantage on a number of occasions in the first stanza, but poor finishing let them down.
Calabar outplayed Eltham in the second period, and Campbell doubled their lead when he arrived at the front post to head home a corner kick past the goalkeeper, before Sailsman sealed the deal with a goal at the death.
Cumberland 2 Mona 1
Edith Dalton 1 St Mary's College 1Tivoli 1 Ardenne 0Innswood 2 Denham Town 1
Calabar 3 Eltham 0St Catherine 1 Hydel 4Penwood 0 St Jago 2