Wolmer’s, St Ge­orge’s in mega clash

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Gleaner Writer

ST GE­ORGE’S Col­lege and Wolmer’s will be en­gaged in a mega clash in the ISSA/FLOW Man­ning Cup com­pe­ti­tion Group K to­day at Con­stant Spring Com­plex. Match time is 3 p.m.

The game is the fea­ture in the group’s dou­ble-header as Haile Se­lassie High face-off against St Cather­ine in the opener at 1 p.m.

The games were orig­i­nally sched­uled for Mon­day, but was pushed back due to the con­stant us­age of the venue.

Wolmer’s and St Ge­orge’s come into the game on three points apiece, how­ever, Wolmer’s hold the ad­van­tage with a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence.

The game is cru­cial to both teams as a win for ei­ther would put that team into a good po­si­tion to win the group and ad­vance to the semi­fi­nals.

Wolmer’s will be play­ing their third game in five days, fol­low­ing their 3-0 win against St Cather­ine High last Thurs­day and their elim­i­na­tion of Kingston Col­lege (1-0) in a FLOW Su­per Cup quar­ter-fi­nal game last Satur­day.

The Vas­sell Reynold­scoached team has built a rep­u­ta­tion for its mea­gre de­fence and in­ci­sive coun­ter­at­tacks, a threat that their op­po­nents will have to be wary of. St Ge­orge’s Col­lege are com­ing off a come-frombe­hind 2-1 win against Haile Se­lassie in the group last Thurs­day and are fully aware of the im­por­tance of to­day’s game.

Mar­cel Gayle, as­sis­tance coach of St Ge­orge’s Col­lege is ex­pect­ing a tough en­counter.

“The game can de­cide the group. It is one of those games that no team can af­ford to lose,” Gayle told The Gleaner yes­ter­day.

He also said that al­though Wolmer’s will be play­ing three games in four days, it could work to the He­roes Cir­cle based team’s ad­van­tage.

“Win­ning can be a mo­men­tum for Wolmer’s. We will be pre­pared and hope­fully fin­ish the game with a vic­tory,” he added.

Reynolds, how­ever, has a dif­fer­ent out­look, ar­gu­ing that his team will face a rested St Ge­orge’s Col­lege, which he con­sid­ers a big chal­lenge.

“We need to win the game to put one foot in the semi-fi­nal. We want to put things in our own hands. St Ge­orge’s is still a favourite as they have a good team. They will be fresh and that is a chal­lenge, but our team is ready for the game,” Reynolds shared.

WEL­COMED MOVE

With re­gards to the game been pushed back, Reynolds said they wel­comed that de­ci­sion.

“We would have been aware of the sit­u­a­tion that we had three games in four days. We have been do­ing what we can in or­der for the play­ers to re­cu­per­ate for each game. It is dif­fi­cult for the schools that are still in the Su­per Cup with the tight sched­ule of games,” Reynolds also said.

In the open­ing game, both teams will look to re­bound from their losses last Thurs­day, and stay in con­tention for a semi-fi­nal spot.

Haile Se­lassie and St Cather­ine met in the pre­lim­i­nary stage twice with each team win­ning 1-0.

It’s left to be seen if the off-the-field is­sues in­volv­ing coach Ge­of­frey Maxwell with whom they parted ways last week will af­fect Haile Se­lassie. They are yet to hire a new coach.

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