Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Wolmer's Boys moved closer to a spot in the semi-finals of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition when they edged Bridgeport High 2-1 in Group J second-round action at the Spanish Town Prison Oval in St Catherine, yesterday.
The Ludlow Bernard-coached Wolmer's pushed to six points from two games in the group and now need only a point from their next game to secure a place in the last four.
Wolmer's took the lead when Jordan James shot past Bridgeport's goalkeeper Zachary Whitter in the seventh minute. Bridgeport fought back and drew level courtesy of a well-taken goal by Clayon Pusey in the 42nd minute.
However, Jason Greenland got the winner for Wolmer's when he curled a free-kick from the right flank over Whitter in the 54th minute.
It was a close game as both teams had their moments. Wolmer's looked a bit better, especially in midfield through Demar Rose, Kemo Wallace, and Greenland. Bridgeport countered through Shaquille Folkes, Rayon Swire, Rojay Smith, and Pusey.
"It was a hard-fought contest as expected." Wolmer's coach, Ludlow Bernard, told The Gleaner. "We were unfortunate to concede a goal. It's not over yet as we have another game in the group," he added.
Bridgeport's coach Tyrone Roberts, was unhappy with his team's performance. "We didn't come to play, but such is football. We need a good forward ... . We just never had the firepower," Roberts disclosed.
In the second match of the double header at the venue, Norman Manley High clipped Holy Trinity 2-1 to keep their slim hopes of advancing to the semi-finals alive.
Shevan Dallas scored an own goal in the 63rd minute that put Norman Manley in the lead. Holy Trinity equalised when the competition's leading marksman, Shamar Dillon, hit a shot past Norman Manley goalkeeper Javoneil Stewart in the 82nd minute.
With time running out, Jamony Green sealed the deal for Norman Manley when he scored in injury time.
Both teams ended with 10 players as Kemoy Lewis of Norman Manley picked up two yellow cards and was sent off while Holy Trinity's Shevan Dallas was red-carded for a challenge in the last minute of the game.
Alrick Clatrke, coach of Norman Manley, said his team made the game difficult. "We made it look difficult as we took too long to get into the game," Clarke said. "After losing our first game in the second round, we had to win this one," he added.
Wolmer's lead the group on a maximum six points followed by Bridgeport and Norman Manley on three points each. Holy Trinity are at the bottom without a point.