Excelsior came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Mona High in their ISSA/Jamaica Hockey Federation (JHF) under-19 Group A game at the Mona hockey field yesterday, ahead of a top-of-the-table clash with group leaders, Jamaica College. In the other Group A game, Kingston College and Papine High battled to a 1-1 draw. In the feature match, Mona jumped in front after 11 minutes thanks to Knocazchi Smith, who fired home from close-range. They extended their lead to 2-0 after 22 minutes through Robert Ivei to sit comfortably at the break. However, Excelsior shrugged off their sluggish first half and went at their opponents in the second period and they eventually reaped their reward after 35 minutes when Kevon Reid converted from close-range. Nemaar Meredith then pulled Excelsior level when he broke through and fired under the Mona goaltender. They also had a couple chances to steal the win, but could not capitalise. Excelsior coach Carla Hewitt admitted they started slowly, but was proud of the way her team rallied to get the draw. She looks forward to having a number of key players, who were not registered at the start of the league, to come in and make a big difference for the remainder of their season. “We were slow in the first half, but we made a change midway the half and we got the goals … I have some players to come in (for JC game) who unfortunately were not register with ISSA. I expect a close game, but with the talent we have, I expect the win, so we expect to come out on top,” she added. JC lead the group with six points, followed by Excelsior and Papine on four and Mona and Kingston College at the bottom on one point each. The competition continues on Friday with three games.