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Wolmer’s, JC battle for group supremacy

Published:Monday | September 16, 2019 | 12:20 AMDaniel Wheeler/Gleaner Writer
Wolmer’s Boys’ School’s Shanour McLean (left) holds off Vauxhall High School’s Kemar Britten, who tries to get a tackle in, during their ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup match at the Stadium East Field on Saturday, September 7.
Wolmer’s Boys’ School’s Shanour McLean (left) holds off Vauxhall High School’s Kemar Britten, who tries to get a tackle in, during their ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup match at the Stadium East Field on Saturday, September 7.

Group E’s top two teams will put their undefeated records on the line as many-time champions Jamaica College (JC) face Wolmer’s Boys’ School in ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup action at the Stadium East Field today at 3:30 p.m.

Tipped by many as the favourites to advance from the group and beyond, the two teams will lock horns for the first time since last year’s quarter-final clash, which JC won 2-1 en route to the semi-finals.

Wolmer’s head coach Alex Thomas is expecting a fierce contest, saying that this is the perfect game to gauge the temperature of his team at this early stage in the season.

“This game will push us,” he said. “This game will see where we are at in the season. We are up and ready for the challenge. The players are upbeat. They know the task ahead, and they know what type of game this is.”

JC have been in imperious form in the competition, securing their third straight win of the season on Friday, defeating Vauxhall High School 2-0. They’re the clear front-runners in their group, with nine points and a healthy 19-plus goal difference.

Although Wolmer’s have played a game less than their opponents, the goals have been flowing for the 10-time Manning Cup champions, and they should have their confidence heightened after demolishing Innswood High 8-1 on Friday to register their second straight win of the season.

Despite the free-flowing attacking play that has granted them success in their previous matches, Thomas does anticipate that today’s clash will be a tight affair.

“I think tomorrow, it is going to be cagey at first, but as the game progresses, you will see these players expressing themselves and going up against each other for the challenge. You’re going to see some good football [today],” he said.

The Maroon and Gold are hoping for a positive result to guide them on their continued pursuit of their first Manning Cup title since 1994.

Today’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup fixtures:

Group D

Tivoli vs Hydel

Edith Dalton vs St Mary’s College

Camperdown vs Meadowbrook

Group E

Wolmer’s vs Jamaica College

Greater Portmore vs Jose Marti

Vauxhall vs Tarrant