St George's, Wolmer's final
Defending champions St George's College and 2013 winners Wolmer's Boys will contest the ISSA/FLOW Walker Cup final, following contrasting semi-final wins at Constant Spring Complex yesterday.
The feature game, which was probably the best match of this year's Corporate Area schoolboy season in terms of quality and intensity, saw St George's hold off a strong challenge from St Jago for a 3-2 win. Captain Shevon Stewart scored twice while Alex Marshall got the other goal for the winners.
In the opening semi-final, Wolmer's turned back Jamaica College 4-3 on penalties after a dour 0-0 draw.
St Jago earned a lot of admirers after their impressive win over Kingston College in the quarter-final, and they showed their quality again, pushing the Georgians all the way.
Couldn't keep up
However, the Spanish Town school couldn't contain the outstanding Stewart and Marshall, although goalkeeping errors accounted for the first two goals.
Stewart fired St George's ahead in the 12th minute after goalkeeper Akeem Chambers spilled a free-kick inside the area and the striker capitalised. But St Jago rallied and got back on even terms seven minutes later when Ryan Smart broke through and hammered a shot past John Wilson in goal.
Both teams continued to trade blow for blow and created good chances after the break, but it was the 'Georgians' who went in front again on the hour when Marshall beat Chambers with a free-kick from a very tight angle, and they added a third eight minutes after, when Marshall picked out Stewart, who finished spectacularly from 12 yards.
St Jago pulled a goal back in the 75th minute but despite having the Georgians on the ropes for the remainder of the game, they failed to take advantage.
"We expected it (a tough match). They are a tough team. They play hard. But St George's are a confident team. We knew what to expect, so we were not surprised and we handled it well," said winning coach Neville Bell.
In the first game, Wolmer's and Jamaica College battled for 120 minutes without scoring, leaving it to penalties to decide the first finalists.
Rojay Smith, Alphonso Gooden, Rivaldo English and Kobe Stiebel were the penalty scorers for Wolmer's.
"We set our objective, we know we are as good as any other team and we are just quietly achieving our objectives. We have our pride in keeping clean sheets, as defence wins championships and that's our strength," said Wolmer's coach Vassell Reynolds.
The Walker Cup final will be contested on Saturday, November 28 if the schools are not in the Manning Cup final. If they are in the Manning Cup final, then the Walker Cup showdown will take place on Wednesday, December 2.
Jamaica College 0 Wolmer's Boys 0
(Wolmer's won 4-3 on penalties)
St George's College 3 St Jago 2