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Rain brings premature end to Wolmer’s, Vauxhall Manning Cup clash

Published:Monday | October 26, 2015 | 8:32 PMShayne Fairman
Jamaica College's Andrew Humphrey (foreground) goes down under a tackle from Holy Trinity's Karim Brown, during the second round ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football match at Constant Spring Field yesterday.
Match officials inspect the pitch at Constant Spring after a heavy downpour during the second round ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football match between Wolmer's Boys' and Vauxhall High yesterday.

Torrential rain and a water-logged Constant Spring football field affected yesterday's ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup second-round double-header.

Wolmer's Boys and Vauxhall High ended in a premature 1-1 draw, while defending champions Jamaica College played to a rare goalless draw, against Holy Trinity High, in the second match.

Both teams struggled to maintain ball possession under slippery conditions, despite JC dominating in attack, as well as scoring chances, but were unable to get the ball into the net.

"Kudos must be given to the Constant Spring pitch; it held up admirably," George Forbes, ISSA's competitions officer, told The Gleaner.

"I thought in the first game that was blown off with about five minutes to go, the referee could have waited a little more because it (conditions) weren't going to get any better, and if he waited for about 12-15 minutes and tried to restart the game, he should have just continued the five or six minutes," Forbes outlined.

The first game, Wolmer's vs Vauxhall, went ahead at 1 p.m. and it was all to play for, as Vauxhall took the offensive to a jaded-looking Wolmer's, who featured in the FLOW Super Cup last Saturday.

Vauxhall's leading marksman Tyane Wilson, with six goals, sent them ahead in the 26th minute after kneeing the ball over goalkeeper Shamar Jemison and just over the goal line.

Vauxhall tried to defend their narrow lead a little too early and Wolmer's' leading goalscorer, Alphanso Gooden, found space inside the box to fire home from close range.

The goal took Gooden's tally to eight, with his team having six minutes to play.

ISSA will announce details on the unfinished match.

Yesterday's Results

JC 0 Holy Trinity 0

Wolmer's 1 Vauxhall 1 (rained out at the 84th minute)

Today's games

Group I

Innswood vs Camperdown at Prison Oval Field 1 p.m.

Hydel vs Denham Town at Prison Oval Field 3 p.m.