Wolmer's clip C'bar
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Wolmer's Boys' edged Calabar High 1-0 to take an early lead in Group H of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition at Constant Spring Complex yesterday.
The Heroes' Circle-based institution benefited from an own goal scored by Calabar's defender, Kevane Thompson, in the first minute, after his goalkeeper had needlessly fumbled the ball.
The win put Wolmer's on top in the group on three points, following the opening game that finished in a 1-1 draw between favourites St George's College and first-time second round qualifiers Haile Selassie High.
In the feature game, Wolmer's shot into the lead and held on in the end for a vital maximum points. Calabar fought hard but were a bit unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet. Calabar's goalkeeper suffered a back injury in the second half and was sent to hospital.
Coach of Wolmer's, Ludlow Bernard, highlighted that his team was without a number of regular players due to injury, including top goalscorer Khori Bennett.
"Most of the regular players weren't around for various reasons. We didn't have it as smooth today (yesterday), but we got a number of chances. Calabar also got some good looks," Bernard told The Gleaner.
"We weren't efficient in front of goal. However, we won the game and that was important," he reasoned.
Meanwhile, Calabar's veteran schoolboy coach, Bradley Stewart, said that football is an odd sport.
"We gave up a no goal as I don't know what the goalkeeper was doing," Stewart said. "The refereeing wasn't good as our goalkeeper was hurt in a challenge and no card was given.
"We fought hard, but nothing happened for us. We should be able to come out on top in the group, by winning the next two games in the group," Stewart reasoned.
In the first match, many-time Manning Cup champions St George's College were held to a 1-1 draw by Haile Selassie. Stephon Gilzene scored for St George's in the 15th minute, while Jurian Lewis equalised at the 23rd minute.
After the opening round in Group H, Wolmer's lead on three points followed by St George's and Haile Selassie on a point each, while Calabar sit at the bottom without a point.
St George's 1 Haile Selassie 1
Wolmer's 1 Calabar 0
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