Roye hat-trick keeps St George's perfect
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
LED by a hat-trick from Rohan Roye, defending champions, St George's College, maintained their perfect start to this season's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Pepsi/Digicel schoolboy Manning Cup competition, after registering a hard-fought 4-3 win over Wolmer's Boys in their Group E encounter at Winchester Park, St Georges College, yesterday.
Roye scored at the 24th, 31st and 84th minutes, while Kendon Anderson (58th) netted the other goal for the Georgians. Deshawn Forbes (10th og), Omar Holness (49th) and Tedroy Jackson (52nd) scored for Wolmer's.
George's coach, Neville Bell, said: "I thought we gave up a couple easy goals but I think we did well to come back and win the game," said Bell. "It was a good schoolboy game, it could have gone either way but we are very, very happy that it went our way."
Ludlow Bernard, coach of Wolmer's, said: "Any coach losing this particular game would definitely feel aggrieved about it but nevertheless it was a good game for the spectators," said Bernard. "I think my team did well, made some errors at the back but we will have to come again."
Wolmer's broke the deadlock in the 10th minute, courtesy of an own goal. Wolmer's Desmond Campbell took a corner from the left side of goal, which struck St George's Deshawn Forbes, before lodging in the back of his own goal.
The North Street-based school levelled from a beautiful build-up play, which started from close to the half line, ended with Anderson flicking the ball to Roye, who provided a clinical finish from inside the area.
The homesters netted their second goal in the 31st minute, when Wolmer's custodian, Shaquille Brown, spilled a 35 yards free-kick by Carl Reid and Roye was on hand to tap-in.
Wolmer's levelled through Holness' easy tap-in.
Wolmer's went ahead when Holness squared to the back post, while Jason Wright played the ball back across the face of goal for Jackson to redirect home.
George's soon tied the game. A long ball was played over the top of the Wolmer's defence, which Brown rush out to claim. But he only succeeded in colliding with defender Khamaal Scott. Anderson was on hand to roll the ball into the unguarded net.
George's wrapped up the epic win in the 84th minute when a 30 yards free-kick from the left side of the area eluded everyone before ricocheting off the right upright to Roye who slammed home on his second attempt for this second hat-trick in as many games.
Group A: Oberlin 0 Jamaica College 3, St Mary's College 1 Cumberland 1
Group C: Charlie Smith 2 Innswood 0, St Andrew College 1 Calabar 1, Papine 0 Kingston Technical 2
Group E: St George's 4 Wolmer's 3, Spanish Town 4 Edith Dalton James 0, St Jago vs Ardenne (rained out).