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Walker Cup counts as Hydel High School's first-ever title

By November 14, 2018

Hydel High won their first major football title on Wednesday by defeating Excelsior High 2-0 in the final of the restructured Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Walker Cup knockout competition at the Stadium East field. 

The Walker Cup has been downgraded to a controversial second-tier competition this season.

Traditionally, the Walker Cup has been schoolboy football’s premier knockout competition but has now gone through a major change in that the competition now comprises the eight losers of the Manning Cup Round of 16 home-and-away knockout.

In former years the seven preliminary round group winners and the best second place team earned the right to contest that competition.

On Wednesday, goals by Fakibi Farquharson in the 74th and Deandre Walker, two minutes into second-half added time denied Excelsior High their eighth hold on the Walker Cup.

The first half was fairly even until Excelsior High took charge towards the end and placed Hydel High under constant pressure.

During the period, Excelsior created two good opportunities with the first going to Damoreny Hutchinson, whose header from a Rohan Beadle cross, just missed the crossbar from inside the six-yard box.

The other chance went to  Raewin Senior who failed to beat goalkeeper Shauqan Davis from a similar position.

Early in the second half, Hutchinson created an opportunity when he picked up a ball in midfield and dribbled by three opponents to the top of the 18-yard box.  However, his powerful shot to rightside of the goal, was tipped onto the crossbar by a fully outstretched custodian onto the crossbar.

Farquharson would make Excelsior pay for their profligacy, when he turned up to slot home after a number of deflections.

Excelsior would go into all-out attack, including pushing their goalkeeper forward to pull back the deficit but Hydel would not be denied, Walker scoring in time added on after a long punt from his goalkeeper caused no ends of problems for the losers.

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