Penwood, STATHS in key battle

October 7th, 2010

Excelsior High's Ryon Irving (right) and St Andrew College's Javaune Benjamin tussle for possession during their Group C Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Pepsi/Digicel Manning Cup urban area senior schoolboy football match

The intriguing battle in Group D of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Pepsi/ Digicel Manning Cup urban area senior schoolboy football competition will continue today when group leaders and unbeaten Penwood High travel to St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) for a crucial encounter. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

Penwood have maximum 18 points from six games, while STATHS lie third based on an inferior goal difference to second-place Norman Manley, as both teams have an identical 16 points.

In the corresponding fixture in the first leg, Penwood clipped their more illustrious opponents 1-0.

Surprising success

STATHS’ coach, Phillip Williams, concedes that Penwood’s success has been surprising, but expects to get the better of them this time.

“They are on 18 points and are group leaders, they are definitely a surprise package,” said Williams. “They got by us luckily 1-0, but our game plan won’t change much. It is just that we didn’t score our goals in the first encounter.

“We have done a lot of goalmouth work and finishing since then and I think tomorrow you’ll see a different game and the result will definitely be different,” he added.

“Tomorrow (today) is going to be a turning point for one of the two teams because the points Penwood have gathered, apart from the three points they got from us, are from teams that both STATHS and Manley have beaten,” he concluded.

Goal scores

STATHS have so far scored 19 goals and conceded two, with their leading goalscorer, Jevany Howell, netting four times.

Rupert Nicholas, coach of Penwood, will be going all out for a win despite playing away from home.

“I am going for the victory, so on the day we will just play a normal game,” said Nicholas.

“We are not going to come out to defend ; as soon as possible, we are going to take the ball game to them (STATHS).

The guys are working hard and so far it looks good, it is a work in progress as I always say,” he added.

Nicholas does not believe his team is under any pressure and does not intend to sit back and be toppled.

“If they just keep the discipline we will be all right. There is no pressure because we just play simple football. We don’t wait on people to take the ball to us, we take the ball game to them. If you wait, they might turn you over, so you have to take it to them first,” he declared.”


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