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Wolmer's off to fast start

Published:Wednesday | September 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Clan Carthy High's captain, Devroy Dallas (on ground), cleans up Wolmer's Boys' Akheel Smith with a sliding tackle during the ISSA/LIME Manning Cup football match at Alpha Boys' Home yesterday. Wolmer's won 3-0.-Ian Allen/Photographer

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

Wolmer's Boys' got off to an easy 3-0 win against Clan Carthy High in the ISSA/LIME Manning Cup football competition at Alpha Boys' Home playing field yesterday.

The Wolmer's team, who are heavily favoured to top Group E, cruised to victory courtesy of first-half strikes by Shaquille McKay (first minute), Joel Cunningham (13th) and Khori Bennett (28th).

Wolmer's, in their season opener, started well and scored in the first minute, then added two more goals before the half-hour mark. However, they failed to add more goals and settled for that scoreline.

tactical adjustments

The Heroes Circle-based school was the better team, especially in the first half.

However, Clan Carthy made some tactical adjustments and gave a much better performance in the second half.

Coach of Wolmer's, Ludlow Bernard, told The Gleaner that his team will get better as the season progresses.

"There are some players who stood out today (yesterday). The team was patient, but we need to be more decisive," Bernard said.

"We fell short, as clearly we were looking for more goals," he said.

"We are gunning for the title after losing in the final last year. We have ammunition and good firepower," the coach added.

"Last year, we conceded too many goals, so we aim to be better in defence this season," he further disclosed.

Meanwhile, coach of Clan Carthy, Nallawe Blake, says his team will look to rebound after losing their second game inside four days.

"We had a poor first half as we allowed Wolmer's to dictate the pace of the game. However, after some tactical changes, the team played better in the second half," Blake reasoned.

"We are looking to get six points in the next two games as we will have more players available in the return games," he informed.

Meanwhile, the Camperdown vs Papine game was not played because the referees deemed the Bellevue playing field 'not properly prepared', following a soggy field.

Yesterday's Results

Group A

Waterford 0 St George's College 1

Campion College 0 Jose Marti 1

Group D

Bridgeport 4 Dunoon Technical 0

Haile Selassie 3 Greater Portmore 2

Camperdown vs Papine (DNP)

Group E

Clan Carthy 0 Wolmer's 3

Spanish Town 2 Trench Town o

Group G

Kingston Technical 0 Norman Manley 1

Jonathan Grant 2 STATHS 1