Hy­del, Cum­ber­land con­fi­dent for Walker Cup

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS THE WEEKEND STAR - ROBERT BAI­LEY STAR Writer

Apul­sat­ing en­counter is ex­pected to­day when Hy­del High School and Cum­ber­land High School clash in the semi-fi­nals of the ISSA/Dig­i­cel Walker Cup Knock­out com­pe­ti­tion at the Span­ish Town Prison Oval at 1 p.m. In the sec­ond match of the dou­ble-header, Ex­cel­sior will face St Cather­ine at 3 p.m.

Hy­del, who are highly-favoured to win to­day’s game, se­cured their place in the semi-fi­nals af­ter an ex­cit­ing 3-2 win over Mona.

Corey Ben­nett, head coach of Hy­del, said he is very op­ti­mistic of vic­tory but he is ex­pect­ing a tough match from Cum­ber­land. “We are look­ing to get back to our sec­ond ever fi­nal, be­cause we have been to the Man­ning Cup fi­nal in 2012 and we have been ab­sent from this stage for quite a while now,” said Ben­nett. “We re­ally want to do what it takes to go back to the fi­nal. How­ever, it should be a tough game be­cause they beat St Jago (quar­ter-fi­nals), who won their zone in the Man­ning Cup, so they have some amount of qual­ity in their team,” he said. “We played them in a prac­tice game in the sum­mer, so that is when I re­alised that they have some qual­ity. It should be a very ex­cit­ing game, but we are ready for it.” An­drew Thomas, man­ager of Cum­ber­land, who are reach­ing the semi-fi­nals for the first time in the school’s his­tory, booked their place af­ter de­feat­ing St Jago 1-0.

“We are feel­ing very con­fi­dent be­cause we are fo­cused and we are happy to take on this chal­lenge,” said Thomas.

“The school is over­whelmed and they are sup­port­ing the team fully. The prin­ci­pal, the staff and the en­tire school com­mu­nity are be­hind the team,” he said. “We have de­feated them at the Un­der-14 and Un­der-16 lev­els with the same team, so these are the same crop of boys who have played them in the pre­vi­ous years. We are just go­ing to play our game and win the match.”

Ben­nett

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