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Walker Cup quarters take centre stage today

Friday, November 15, 2019

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After falling short in their hunt to capture the coveted Manning Cup, St George's College (STGC) and Camperdown High will now look to the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel Walker Cup knockout competition as their last shot at silverware this season.

Both will be involved in separate quarter-final games at Stadium East today.

Nine-time champions STGC will square off against title holders Hydel in the feature contest at 3:00 pm, after two-time champions Camperdown tackle Mona at 1:00 pm.

The other quarter-final encounters will see St Catherine High facing off against two-time champions Charlie Smith High at 1:00 pm, while Jonathan Grant High meet seven-time champions Excelsior High in the 3:00 pm feature at Jamaica College's Ashenheim Stadium.

Still reeling from their disappointing exit in the Manning Cup in which they narrowly missed a semi-final berth due to an inferior goal difference to Jamaica College, STGC will take aim at the knockout competition as a consolation prize.

The Neville “Bertis” Bell-coached STGC last won the Walker Cup title in 2014, and should fancy their chances of making the semi-final as they possess enough fire power to get the job done.

However, Hydel are more than capable of holding their own, which they exhibited when coming from a goal down to defeat Vauxhall 2-1 on last.

With last year's victory being their first hold on the title, the Ferry-situated team are a highly motivated bunch hell bent on retaining the crown. There is not likely to be any fear or favour for their North Street-based opponents.

Camperdown, on the other hand, will enter their contest as overwhelming favourites for safe passage into the semi-final on paper.

With their last hold on the title dating back to 1988, this year represents Camperdown's best opportunity to break that drought, and if they should regain their early season form, then they will prove hard to deny in this competition.

But Mona, who are hunting their first hold on the title, have improved with each game, and while not expected to win, they should keep their more fancied opponents honest throughout.

Seven-time champions Excelsior are in the hunt to break a drought, dating back to 2008, but they will find Jonathan Grant, who had their lone lien back in 1999, giving very little away.

Excelsior, who left their charge for the Manning Cup semi-final late, will take heart from their last two performances, and could now produce their best against a lively Jonathan Grant team that has shown signs of ability.

The youthful Charlie Smith, who won titles in 1995 and 2002, are expected to prove a handful for St Catherine High — seeking their first hold on the title — in a contest that can go either way.

As a result of the no extra time rule, any game ending a stalemate after regulation time, will go straight to penalty shoot-out.

Today's games

1:00 pm — St Catherine vs Charlie Smith @ Jamaica College's Ashenheim Stadium

3:00 pm — Jonathan Grant vs Excelsior @ Jamaica College's Ashenheim Stadium

1:00 pm — Mona vs Camperdown @ Stadium East

3:00 pm — Hydel vs St George's @ Stadium East

—Sherdon Cowan


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