Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Ten-time urban area schoolboy football champions, Wolmer's Boys' High School, will look to continue their impressive start to the season when they host Clan Carthy in their third-round Group C Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup match today at the Heroes Circle-based institution's grounds.
Wolmer's lead the six-team group with maximum six points, while Clan Clarthy are fifth on zero. All matches are slated to kick-off at 3:30 p.m.
In the group's other games, second-place Denham Town (six), who have also won both their games, will play away to fourth-place Papine (three); and bottom-place team Kingston Technical (zero) will host third-place St Catherine (three).
Wolmer's have started their quest for an 11th hold - but first in 18 years - on the symbol of urban area schoolboy football supremacy in imposing fashion by demising both Kingston Technical and Papine by 6-0 scorelines. But, ominously for their opponents, coach Ludlow Bernard does not think his team has hit full throttle.
"The team has a lot of confidence right now, but we are not playing at 100 per cent as yet," Bernard said. "I would consider my team a first-half team right now because as the second half starts and we get the measure of the team, we tend to take our foot off the accelerator."
BETTER CONVERSION RATE
Bernard believes his team mainly needs to improve their conversion rate, as they could have netted far more than the 12 goals they have managed from two games.
"They have scored one chance out of every four or five, maybe even more than that," Bernard pointed out. "Based on the amount of chances created, I think our conversion rate should be much better."
Players such as Kemario Osbourne, Demar Rose and Jaheel Hyde are expected to carry the fight for last season's beaten semi-finalists, as they aim to go all the way this time around.
Clan Carthy, having suffered defeats to Papine (1-0) and St Catherine (2-0), could be forgiven for entering today's game looking at damage limitation, but coach Kesna-AL Richards has other ideas.
"We have done our homework on the Wolmer's team. They have a very good team, we have to give them that," Richards expressed. "But we are not going to show any respect for them and we are definitely going out there for three points, regardless of the consequence."
Some of the key players in Richards' plans are Daniel Coke, Shamar Smith, Shamar Pryce and Joel Sterling.
Papine vs Denham Town
Kingston Technical vs St Catherine
Wolmer's Boys vs Clan Carthy
Charlie Smith vs Camperdown
Donald Quarrie vs St George's College
Vauxhall vs Oberlin
Greater Portmore vs Spanish Town
Penwood vs Eltham
(Home teams named first; all games kick off at 3:30 p.m.)