ISSA schoolgirls football kicks off today

By Gerald Reid
Observer writer

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Excelsior High School will begin the defence of their title when they go up against Camperdown High as the 2019 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Lockerroom Sports/TIP Friendly Society High Schoolgirls football competition kicks off today at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, starting at 3:00 pm.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to start at noon, while the first game of the double-header will see Greater Portmore High taking on Jonathan Grant High at 1:00 pm.

Forty-seven high schools are participating in this season's competition which will be played in eight zones, with the winners of each zone, along with the runners-up, advancing to the next round. Matches will be contested on a home and away format.

Excelsior's coach Xavier Gilbert said the team should start out with a win, and he is also confident that they will go through to the second round easily.

“We have basically the same team from last year as we have only lost two players — a defender and a midfielder from our winning squad. The team should not have much trouble getting past their opponents, but I won't be taking any of the teams lightly in my zone,” Gilbert said.

The Excelsior coach said the team had played a number of practice matches and they are looking quite good and positive with their approach.

He said of the teams he would be watching are last year's runners-up Denham Town High, St Jago High and Jonathan Grant High.

Meanwhile, Lancelot Livingston, coach of Camperdown, said he expects a very tough game against Excelsior, as they are a very good team and should be hard to defeat.

“Playing against the defending champions, who have basically the same team from last year, it won't be an easy game and you have to be playing at your best, as if you get a draw against them you should be happy,” Livingston said.

The Camperdown coach said the last time they faced Excelsior two seasons ago they lost, and it was also a heavy defeat. “We have to work with a game plan to counter them and lift their scoring as they have the players who can score goals at will —but we won't be sitting back and allowing them to dominate the game.”

Zone A — Anchovy High, Frome Technical, Green Pond High, Montego Bay High, Mount Alvernia High, Spot Valley High and St James High.

Zone B — Black River High, Lacovia High, Newell High, Roger Clarke High and St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS)

Zone C — Belair High, Bishop Gibson High, Christiana High, Holmwood Technical, Manchester High and Mile Gully High

Zone D — McGrath High, Ocho Rios High, Old Harbour High and St Mary Technical

Zone E — Central High, Garvey Maceo High, Glenmuir High, Kemps Hill High and Lennon High

Zone F — Excelsior High, Camperdown High, Campion College, Clan Carthy High, Wolmer's High and Yallahs High

Zone G — Denham Town High, Edith Dalton-James High, Immaculate Conception High, Meadowbrook High, Merl Grove High, Pembroke Hall High and St Andrew Technical (STATHS)

Zone H — Bridgeport High, Greater Portmore High, Jonathan Grant High, Penwood High, Spanish Town High and St Jago High

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