'DV' confident Hydel will win
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Hydel High will face off against St Jago High in the feature game of a double-header in the ISSA/LIME Manning Cup football competition in Group K at Constant Spring Complex today. Match time is 3 p.m.
In the first game, Camperdown tackle Kingston College at 1 p.m.
The Hydel team was knocked out of the inaugural LIME Super Cup competition last Saturday and will now look to the opening round of the Manning Cup in that group. Hydel went down 2-1 to Jamaica College two days ago and could be a bit tired after that match.
On the other hand, St Jago High are coming off a two-week break and will be the fresher team. Both teams will be meeting for the third time this season. Hydel won the first game 1-0, and the second match finished in a 0-0 draw.
Coach of Hydel, Donovan 'DV' Hayles, is confident that his team can get off to a winning start in the Manning Cup's second stage.
"We are quite confident as they have not beaten us all season. We can win the game, as my players are mentally tough," Hayles told The Gleaner.
Hayles is concerned that the team has to play twice in 48 hours. They had requested a postponement, but the organisers, the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association, did not grant their wish.
"Playing two games in 48 hours is quite tough on the players. Camperdown and us are in the same situation," the coach said.
Hydel could be without their leading goalscorer, Stephen Barnett, who is nursing an injury, and Nicholas Nelson, who is away with the national Under-17 team in Haiti.
St Jago qualified for this stage as a best third-place finisher and are not expected to go beyond this point. However, they cannot be taken lightly.
In the opening game, Camper-down are highly expected to get the better of KC. Camperdown went down 2-1 to defending daCosta Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical in the Super Cup last Saturday in a tough contest.
On the other hand, KC have not played since they edged Campion College 2-1 on October 9 in the preliminary stage. The 'Purples' are now taking orders from Neil Harrison, who is also the North Street school's track and field coach, following the dismissal of Lenworth Hyde Sr as the Manning Cup coach.
1 p.m. - Camperdown vs KC at Constant Spring Complex.
3 p.m. - Hydel vs St Jago at Constant Spring Complex.