Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Wolmer's Boys' now have additional motivation to challenge for all titles on offer this season, as they intend to dedicate all success to co-captain Demar Rose, whose mother (Farah Smith) died during childbirth on Wednesday, with the child dying a day later.
Wolmer's, with three Walker Cup titles to their credit - the most recent coming last year - are just two victories away from defending their crown, after brushing aside Spanish Town 4-0 in their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Walker Cup knock-out quarter-final meeting yesterday at Constant Spring playing field.
Rose, who played in the game, scored his team's second goal in the 62nd minute, to go along with goals from Jordan James (18th) and a double from Jaheel Hyde (69th, 82nd).
Spanish Town ended the game with 10 players after Lloyd Duhaney was ejected in the 77th minute, having committed his second bookable offence.
Rose was in tears after the match, but stated that it was not a difficult decision to play.
"It wasn't rough (to decide to play). She (mother) told me that she would be at the match today, and she would normally be by the goal, so I just pictured her there," Rose said. "I spoke to her the night before she died."
In the first match of the quarter-finals double-header, two-time winners Charlie Smith clipped Holy Trinity 2-1 to advance to Tuesday's semi-final, where they will meet Wolmer's.
Charlie Smith got their goals courtesy of Bebeto McDonald (31st) and Shamar Pryce (59th). Holy Trinity had pulled level in the 56th minute through Shamar Stephenson.
Wolmer's coach, Ludlow Bernard, who introduced Rose to the Manning Cup, is cognisant of the additional importance that the season now has for his troops.
"Demar (Rose) has been one of our special players over the years. I took him from Pepsi and floated him into the Manning (Cup) ... now it is beginning to pay dividends as he is one of our main midfield players," Bernard said.
"It is really a difficult time for him, so the players are hell-bent on the season being dedicated to him and his mom and that we will be playing all out for him," added Bernard.
Meanwhile, Charlie Smith, coached by Wolmer's old boy Jerome Waite, had to work hard to fend off the challenge of a Holy Trinity team that was suffering its first defeat of the season. However, Waite does not believe his team has hit top gear.
"Presently, they are still not performing up to expectations, but it is still a young team and this is always a learning process," Waite, said.