Wolmer's, StGC in massive clash
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Wolmer's and St George's College will face off in a do-or-die Group H clash in the Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association/LIME Manning Cup at Constant Spring Complex today. Kick-off time is 3.p.m.
In the first of a double-header, Haile Selassie and Calabar meet at 1 p.m. in a game of academic interest.
The Ludlow Bernard-coached Wolmer's are in pole position in the group with six points from two games, followed by St George's College on four points.
Haile Selassie (1) and Calabar without a point after two games each are both out of the running for a spot in the semi-finals.
Having been knocked out of the inaugural Super Cup by Holy Trinity last Saturday and also out of the Walker Cup, Wolmer's will look to stay in contention for the prestigious Manning Cup title.
"It's a do-or-die game. The only advantage for us is that a draw will be good enough to advance to the semi-finals," coach of Wolmer's Boys Ludlow Bernard told The Gleaner yesterday. "It will be a tough game between two tactical teams."
Following the game against Holy Trinity last Saturday, Bernard thinks it is not adequate recovery time.
"The recovery time of 48 hours is always going to be tough on the players, but we will have to get them ready," said Bernard. "This is the big one. It is the Manning Cup and we will go all out to advance to the semi-finals."
Wolmer's will come all out with players such as Jaheel Hyde, Khori Bennett, Rajay Smith and Joel Cunningham.
Meanwhile, St George's is fully aware that only a win against Wolmer's today will see them into the last four.
"Basically, it will be a titanic clash between two glamour schoolboy teams," assistant coach of St George's College, Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle said.
"We need to get things right from the first minute as only a win will be good enough," he added. "We will be at full strength with the inclusion of national Under-17 midfielder Alex Marshall."
Marshall should get support from Gregory Messam Jr, Amoy Brown, Shevon Stewart, Akeem Prawl and Davonte Francis.