Walker Cup hope­fuls lock horns in semi-fi­nals

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - — Howard Walker

The semi-fi­nals of the In­ter-sec­ondary Schools Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (ISSA) Walker Cup take place to­day at the Span­ish Town Oval with hy­del high play­ing Cum­ber­land high at 1:00 pm, be­fore ex­cel­sior high tackle St Catherine high at 3:00 pm.

In the fea­ture en­counter, both Ex­cel­sior High and St Catherine started the newly for­mat­ted Cor­po­rate Area knock­out com­pe­ti­tion as favourites and both meet to­day look­ing to book their spot in the fi­nal set for Novem­ber 14.

The Moun­tain View-based Ex­cel­sior are the third most suc­cess­ful school in the pre­vi­ous for­mat of the Walker Cup with seven ti­tles, two be­hind St Ge­orge’s Col­lege and Kingston Col­lege (KC) with nine ti­tles each.

Based on the new rules, the North Street gi­ants hav­ing suc­cess­fully reached the semi-fi­nal of the Man­ning Cup, are in­el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the Walker Cup de­signed for the sec­ond-round losers of the Man­ning Cup.

So, with Ex­cel­sior not ad­vanc­ing be­yond the sec­ond round, they could cap­i­talise on the top teams’ ab­sence and add their name to the Walker Cup once again and move closer to both KC and St Ge­orge’s as the most suc­cess­ful teams.

Both Ex­cel­sior and St Catherine have met twice this sea­son in first round group ac­tion and both have shared the vic­to­ries. On Septem­ber 18, St Catherine utilised their home ad­van­tage and se­cured a 2-1 win, while the favour was re­turned on Oc­to­ber 5 with Ex­cel­sior emerg­ing 2-0 win­ners.

This third time of ask­ing it can be any body’s game as both are com­ing of good wins in the quar­ter-fi­nals. Ex­cel­sior de­feated Den­ham Town 2-0, while St Catherine brushed aside Cal­abar High 3-0.

In the other semi-fi­nal, Hy­del High are heav­ily fan­cied to book their spot in the fi­nal when they take on Cum­ber­land High.

Hy­del came out of a tough group with cham­pi­ons Ja­maica Col­lege in the first round of the Man­ning Cup, but were knocked out by last sea­son’s run­ners-up St An­drew Tech­ni­cal High School in the sec­ond round.

Hy­del dis­missed Mona High 3-0 in the quar­ter-fi­nal and now they are just a win away from the fi­nal of the Walker Cup.

Cum­ber­land High are the least fan­cied of the four teams, but can­not be writ­ten off after reach­ing this far. They en­ter this com­pe­ti­tion hav­ing lost heav­ily to KC in the sec­ond round, but knocked off St Jago in the quar­ter-fi­nal.

Damor­nay Hutchin­son after scor­ing a brace for Ex­cel­sior High to pilot them into the semi-fi­nals of the Issa/dig­i­cel Walker Cup com­pe­ti­tion as they de­feated Den­ham Town High 2-0 at Sta­dium East Field last week.

Dwayne Richards) (Photos:

Javaughn Cole re­acts after scor­ing one of the three goals for St Catherine High against Cal­abar High in the Issa/dig­i­cel Walker Cup re­cently.

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