Wolmer's surge clear with big win
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Wolmer's Boys' thrashed Haile Selassie 4-0 to remain two points clear atop the standings in Group H, in their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football match at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday.
Joshua McNaught (eighth), Jaheel Hyde (42nd), Rajay Smith (47th) and Khori Bennett (68th) were the goalscorers for the Ludlow Bernard-coached Wolmer's.
St George's College kept pace with Wolmer's in the group, following their come-from-behind 5-1 victory over Calabar High in the feature game of the double-header.
St George's were led to victory courtesy of a brace from Amoy Brown (12th, 39th), Gregory Messam Jr (37th ), Shevon Stewart (50th) and an own goal (64th).
Wolmer's lead the standings with six points with one round of matches remaining in the group. They are followed by St George's (four), Haile Selassie (one) and Calabar High, who are yet to register a point.
Bernard was happy with his team's performance as it puts them one step closer to the semi-finals.
"I am satisfied and so I can't complain because we got four goals and that was what we set out to do," said Bernard. "We wanted to put the game beyond reach of our opponents and that's what we did from early."
He added: "These three points are very vital because we are on six points and so it puts pressure on the opponents.
In the feature game, Calabar began the match confidently and took the lead when Kevanne Thompson headed home a corner kick from Devaughny Gordon past custodian Cordell Irving at the fifth minute.
However, Brown gave St George's the equaliser six minutes later, when he collected a pass from Stewart inside the 18-yards box, then dribbled around two defenders to fire home past goalkeeper Jashon Nash.
The Georgians took control for the remainder of the first half and doubled their advantage when Messam netted a thunderbolt 20-yard shot. The speedy, but skilful Brown increased the 'Light Blues' lead two minutes later, when he tapped home a well-measured cross from Jahmarley Thomas, that gave St George's a 3-1 lead at half-time
Calabar were no match for St George's in the second half, as the latter dominated with swift passes and clever off-the-ball movements.
"It was a well-played game from us and so all credit to the boys," said Marcel Gayle, St George's assistant coach. "We came from one goal down, but we recovered and showed character and scored five goals."
Calabar's coach, Bradley Stewart, was gracious.
"Congrats to St George's because they played a significantly better organised game than us," he said.
Wolmer's 4 Haile Selassie 0
St George's 5 Calabar 1
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