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Wolmer's face tough Charlie in Walker Cup

Published:Saturday | October 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Charlie Smith High's Odane Samuels
Wolmer's Jaheel Hyde
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Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Defending champions Wolmer's Boys face a tough task when they tackle Charlie Smith High in today's feature quarter-final game of the ISSA/LIME Walker Cup KO competition at the Constant Spring Sports Complex. Kick off time is 3 p.m.

In the opening game of the double-header, unbeaten St George's College will take on Camperdown at 1 p.m. St George's booked their spot in the Walker Cup after topping Manning Cup Group A with 21 points.

The 'Light Blues' lost their unbeaten tag in their final match of the Manning Cup preliminary round, but have been among the outstanding teams this season and will be hard to beat this afternoon.

Camperdown have also been been enjoying a good campaign this season, which saw them finishing atop Group D with 26 points.

HIGHLY COMPETITIVE MATCH

The feature match will see both teams at full strength and is expected to be a highly competitive encounter. The Ludlow Bernard-coached Wolmer's, booked their place in the Walker Cup in impressive fashion, having finished atop Group E with 22 points.

Charlie Smith advanced to the Walker Cup competition comfortably as they finished atop Group B with 20 points.

Wolmer's are rated as one of the best allround teams in the competition, having scored 27 goals while conceding one.

They will, however, face a very strong Charlie Smith side, who will enter today's contest high on confidence, following their 7-0 victory over Vauxhall in their final-preliminary round game.

Striker Khori Bennett, who has netted 10 goals this season, is expected to lead Wolmer's hunt for goals.

He is expected to receive good support from Jaheel Hyde, Chavez Brooks and Hakeem Smith. Rashaun Smith, Joel Cunningham, Joel Pagon and goalkeeper Dane Lee are expected to lead their defensive unit.

Like Wolmer's, Charlie Smith also have a balance team, having scored 30 goals, while conceding three.

The skilful Bebeto McDonald (seven goals) along with Kimani Arbouine (five) and Odane Samuels (five), and playmaker Shamar Pryce are capable of destroying the opposing defence. Chevon Crooks, Lemmar Stewart and goalkeeper Leon Taylor will marshall Charlie Smith's defence.