Wolmer's eke out narrow win
Not yet at the brisk, skilful attacking level of prior seasons, Vassell Reynolds' new-look Wolmer's Boys' managed to eke out a 1-0 win at home against St Jago High in their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Manning Cup schoolboy season-opener yesterday at Wolmer's Boys' School, Heroes' Circle.
Alphanso Gooden scored the all-important goal in minute 54 to give Wolmer's all three points.
Though the winners maintained about five players from last year's team, they showed they were clearly missing the tip of their attacking pyramid, in power-forward Jaheel Hyde, who, in previous seasons, led their scoring charge.
Hyde, who is the World Junior 110-metre hurdles champion, was also a Manning Cup star, but quit football for athletics.
Indiscipline surfaced in the game, which saw a player each ejected from both teams for violent conduct, while two St Jago players were ruled out of their starting line-up due to ineligible identification cards.
St Jago missed their best chance of the game to level at the 71st minute when they got an indirect free kick inside the box, but Shaqon Bryan hit the ball straight into the wall.
"Overall, I am pretty satisfied; 75 per cent of football is the mental aspect, and it's something that we have been working on," said Reynolds. "We got the ball a lot of times and, instead of passing, we kept holding on to the ball and encouraged injuries onto ourselves."
Reynolds added: "We achieved a clean sheet here today (yesterday), and it's a work in progress. We just need to keep the ball game as simple as possible."
St Jago's coach, Glen Laing, was satisfied with his team's fight.
"I just embrace this one. We were undermanned because of registration, but I'm not making any excuses. The game was as close as it could be. We will get a better team out there next game and I know we can beat Wolmer's when we meet them again at Prison Oval," he remarked of their return-leg meeting.