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Wolmer's Cornwall in Super Cup showdown

Published:Saturday | November 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Shemar Hunter of Clarendon College and Emmanuel Campbell of Cornwall College (right) contest for possession of the ball during their recent ISSA/FLOW Super Cup match at Sabina Park.
Rivaldo English (left) of Wolmer's Boys
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Following three captivating rounds of 'Champions League-styled' school-boy football, we are down to the big one - the final. The first ever daCosta Cup versus Manning Cup ISSA/Flow Super Cup finale takes centre stage at Sabina Park today starting at 6:00pm.

Rural area heavyweights Cornwall College will line up against fellow first-time finalist Wolmer's Boys, who will be looking to join fellow 'town' schools Jamaica College and St George's College on the list of champions.

On the line - bragging rights plus a chance to top of their winnings to $1 million in cash.

Both teams come into the contest with a lot of similarities - deep squads, quality players an strong support, but its perhaps their most obvious difference that will play the biggest role in today's contest - their vastly varied playing styles.

While Wolmer's have made their way with much industry an artisan effort, Cornwall have made a name for themselves for their fluency and possession play.

Cornwall will be led by talisman Jourdaine Fletcher, who tops the competition's goal-scoring chart with an impressive seven goals. Fletcher, a confident goal-scorer is one of the most impressive schoolboy footballers in the country and is coming fresh off a semi-final hat-trick.

He is not alone, strike partner Peter-Lee Vassell has 11 daCosta Cup goals to his name and is hitching to make his mark in this competition.

The Red Machine has scored eight goals in their three games in the Super Cup, while conceding three and have bagged 60 goals in their 16 daCosta Cup games this season at an average of 3.75 goals per game.

Wolmer's do not bring quite the same offensive threat, but a 6-0 hammering of Little London in their opening Super League game has helped their tally to eight goals as well. The things is, they have only conceded one goal in their three Super League games, something Fletcher and company will look to change.

Wolmer's also boast their own hitman in Alphanso Gooden, who follows Fletcher with five goals of his own in this competition. If given the chance, he's sure to make the most of it.

His team's only loss this year came at the hands of Kingston College in the Walker Cup knockout on penalties, after coming from behind to equalise 2-2. It was the only game that they trailed in all season.

CORNWALL COLLEGE

- 11 time daCosta Cup champions

- 7 time Ben Francis KO winners

- 11 time Olivier Shield Champions

- Scored 60 goals in 16 daCosta Cup games this season

- Jourdaine Fletcher is their leading goal-scorer with 34 goals (all competitions)

WOLMER'S BOYS

- 10 time Manning Cup Champions

- 5 time Walker Cup KO champions

- 4 time Olivier Shield champions

- Have not conceded in last 4 Manning Cup games

- Leading goalscorer is Alphanso Gooden with 17 goals (all competitions)