THERE were a few surprises in this week's matches, but it's early days yet, so not much cause for concern.
Excelsior moved to the top of the group on six points despite contrasting results during the week. After beating previous leaders Norman Manley High in their backyard, they returned home to be edged 1-0 by Greater Portmore High. Joining 'Manley' and Excelsior on six points is Penwood, who will be pushing to remain in the mix.
Jamaica College (JC) moved to the summit of the contenders on their 100 per cent record from their three games thanks to a 2-0 win over Waterford. A brace from Junior Flemming did the job for JC. Camperdown follows on seven points, having played a game more than the other members of the group, while St Jago are right behind them on four.
St George's maintained their pressure on Hydel High with a 7-1 whipping of Cumberland last Saturday. Former national youth representative Andre Lewis led the way with a well-deserved hat-trick. Hydel are still the leaders of the group, though because of a superior goal margin. Their 7-0 thrashing of Clan Carthy High added further confidence to their overall temperament thus far. At the other end of the group, Dunoon Technical has lost all four games, conceding 16 goals without having one of their own as consolation.
Calabar High are the latest victims of Innswood High, who have now leaped over them for second place in the group. A 1-0 loss was more than surprising for the traditionally strong Red Hills-based outfit. Without being overly prolific, Innswood are just three points behind group leaders Bridgeport High. With four games played, Bridgeport sit prettily with 10 points and are yet to concede a goal. Not to be forgotten are Tivoli High on four points who could easily climb to second depending on results of the next match day.
The duo of Spanish Town and St Catherine high schools have taken command of the group after Holy Trinity's early start. The mentioned teams are on nine, eight and seven respectively, making the top core of the group is as close as could be as Ascot High are also in the midst of them seven points. Notably, the top two teams have played five games each compared to four by the other members.
Operating as close to perfect as they can get, Wolmer's Boys are brushing aside every opponent they come up against. St Andrew College were the victims of a 15-0 mauling before a more reserved 2-1 victory over Oberlin High. Four wins from four with 28 goals scored are the statistics boosting their favourites tag. Quietly going about their business is Donald Quarrie High on nine points from four games for second in the group.
Charlie Smith maintained their 100 per cent win record to hold a comfortable place at the top of the group. Last season's beaten finalists have been as destructive as Wolmer's, firing 27 goals without letting in any. Kingston College recorded a disciplined 2-0 victory over St Andrew Technical for nine points in the group, leaving STATHS level with Ardenne High on five points.