Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Red-hot Wolmer's Boys' and Kingston College (KC) will today meet in one semi-final of the ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel Walker KO football competition at Constant Spring Sports Complex, starting at 2:45 p.m.
The other semi-final, which will be held at the same venue, will see Jamaica College (JC) and Excelsior battling for the other spot in the final, beginning at 12:45 p.m.
In the feature match, Wolmer's, who defeated defending champions St George's College 2-1 in quarter-final action last Friday, will put their unbeaten record on the line against a spirited KC, who clipped Charlie Smith 1-0 in their quarter-final.
Leading the charge for Wolmer's will be national senior player and former KC student Jorginho James, who along with two other players, Tazio Gilpin and Jason Greenland, left KC to attend Wolmer's sixth form this school term.
James is expected to get valuable support from national Under-17 striker Jason Wright, goalkeeper and captain Kamal Knight, defender Gilpin and impressive forward 15-year-old Jaheel Hyde - the son of former national midfielder Lenworth 'Teacher' Hyde.
"The team is very confident that they can deliver and I really don't expect them to come up short on the day," said Wolmer's coach Ludlow Bernard, who is a former assistant coach and past student of KC.
"We will be approaching the game very positive and once we do that we should be able to deal with the task at hand."
Meanwhile, KC, in attempting to pull off another a giant-killing act, are expected to call upon goalkeeper Duncan Obrian, midfielder and captain Allan Morgan and forward Jahvaughn Samuels.
"The players have been giving their best so far, and as a coach that is all I can ask for," said KC's coach, Donovan Hayles.
"It's largely a young team, but they have not been holding anything back, and it would not come as a surprise to me if come tomorrow we were to come out on top," Hayles added in yesterday's interview with The Gleaner.
The curtain-raiser is expected to be an evenly contested affair between the Alfred Henry-coached JC, the only team with a 100 per cent win record this season, and the Lebert Halliman-conditioned Excelsior, which lost at least five players this term due to sixth-form transfers.
No added pressure
Former national Under-17 goalkeeper, Odean Clarke, who transferred from Muschette High to JC's sixth form this term, and national Under-17 captain, forward Junior Flemmings, are expected to lead the charge for the 'Dark Blues', who clipped Spanish Town High 1-0 in their quarter-final.
"There isn't any added pressure on us because at this stage we're taking it one game at a time," said JC's assistant coach, Delroy Brown.
Excelsior, who blanked Bridgeport 2-0 in their quarter-final last Saturday, are expected to bank their hopes on midfielders Brian Richards, Colorado Murray, Kareem Banton and Romaine Hosang.
"We are the underdogs in the competition as nobody expected us to reach this far," said Halliman.
"However, regardless of this, and injuries which came about as a result of the game against Bridgeport, these boys are going to give it their best shot."