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Wolmer’s, the first casualty of tight Manning Cup quarters

By October 27, 2018

As the second games in the Manning Cup quarterfinals took centre stage today, at least one team know they will take no further part in the competition after Wolmer’s Boys’ suffered their second defeat, losing 2-1 to defending champions Jamaica College (JC) at the Stadium East field on Saturday. 

Playing in the opening fixture of a double header from the four-team quarterfinal group, Wolmer’s needed at least a point to keep their hopes alive, after a shock loss to Holy Trinity in the first round of games left them bottom of the group. JC, on the other hand, needed to put their first win on the board after they played to a 0-0 draw with St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in their opening fixture.
JC started quickly, opening their account in the 14th minute through Shaniel Thomas. The defending champions would double their in the second half when Shadene Thomas headed home a rebound from his own shot in the 48th minute.

Wolmer’s who had a terrible day shooting, did manage a consolation in the 58th minute through Shamour McLean, but would rue a number of missed chances in both halves to make JC pay.

The loss meant Wolmer’s can now get a maximum of three points and JC, on four, as well as STATHS, on the same, are already ahead of them.

The top two teams from two groups qualify for the Manning Cup semi-finals.

The second game in the double header, featuring STATHS and Holy Trinity, was a cracker, despite the fact that their was just one goal in it, coming from the boot of Marvin Emmanuel in the 40th minute.

Emmanuel can thank Jevoney Johnson for a goal that may well go down as the best in this season’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition.

Johnson, who had created havoc down either side of the pitch for Holy Trinity, picked up a ball on the left side and drove inside, changing his pace to leave two defenders in his wake, before playing across a pass to Johnson.

The ball wasn’t the best, as it was slightly behind Johnson who adjusted his body to deliver a fantastic volley that would leave Trinity goalkeeper, Kevaughn Ricketts, with no chance.

Trinity did have chances to breach what has been one of the toughest defences this season but because they didn’t, they now have the uphill battle of beating JC for a place in the semi-final. JC will need just a draw.

STATHS cannot afford to take Wolmer’s lightly in their final game, since they cannot be sure the other game, between JC and Holy Trinity will go according to the form book.

In the other group, there were a couple of draws, with St George’s and Camperdown failing to find a goal in 90 minutes, while Charlie Smith frightened Kingston College, who had to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw.

Charlie Smith have been unlucky in this tournament, as an own goal proved their undoing this time around, this after they were beaten 3-2 by Camperdown earlier this week, despite taking a 2-0 lead in the game.

Again, Charlie Smith started quickly, with Renaldo Cephas putting them on the scoreboard in the third minute of play. But that lead was erased in the 33rd minute when Tyreke Atkinson scored an own goal.

The pair of draws mean Camperdown lead the group with four points, while Kingston College are second with two, the same as third-place St George’s, while Charlie Smith are on one.

Charlie Smith can still qualify if they beat St George’s in their final game and Camperdown beats or draws with Kingston College.

Kingston College now need a win, while St George’s needs the same. Camperdown are still not safe, because if St George’s and Kingston College, win, they could miss out on a semi-final spot. A draw would guarantee them a final four place.

Paul-Andre Walker

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