Wolmer’s, Trin­ity seal Man­ning semi berths

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

WOLMER’S BOYS’ and Holy Trin­ity High sealed the last two semi-fi­nal spots in the ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup com­pe­ti­tion with vic­to­ries against Haile Se­lassie High and Ex­cel­sior, re­spec­tively, at Con­stant Spring the Com­plex yes­ter­day.

In the first game of the double header, Holy Trin­ity edged Ex­cel­sior High 3-2 in a thrilling en­counter, while Wolmer’s de­feated Haile Se­lassie 1-0 in the sec­ond game.

Holy Trin­ity se­cured the top spot in Group H cour­tesy of goals by Fabrizzio Bur­ton in the 26th minute, Karim Brown (29th) and an own goal by Ex­cel­sior’s sub­sti­tute Chavoy Mal­colm (76th). Ex­cel­sior staged a late fight­back cour­tesy of goals by sub­sti­tute Jazeel Guth­bert (87th minute and an own goal from So­dayne Sa­muels in in­jury time.

Holy Trin­ity fin­ished on six points from their three games, while Ex­cel­sior and Cam­per­down ended on four points apiece.

FIRST TIME

It is the first time that Holy Trin­ity are mak­ing the Man­ning Cup semi-fi­nals and coach Devon An­der­son was elated.

“It is the first time that we are ad­vanc­ing to the Man­ning Cup semis. We came to win the game, but al­most lost at the end due to tired legs,” An­der­son told The Gleaner.

An­der­son also em­pha­sised that the sea­son was ded­i­cated to for­mer Holy Trin­ity star player Jor­dan Foote, who lost his bat­tle with can­cer ear­lier this year and Wolmer’s Boys play­ers (from left) Al­phanso Gooden, Xavion Cross­dale and goalscorer Mar­ios Sails­man cel­e­brate af­ter tak­ing the lead against Haile Se­lassie High in their sec­ond-round Man­ning Cup en­counter at the Con­stant Spring Com­plex yes­ter­day. Wolmer’s won 1-0. Holy Trin­ity’s High’s Karim Brown (right) cel­e­brates his goal against Ex­cel­sior High in their sec­ond-round ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup en­counter at the Con­stant Spring Com­plex yes­ter­day. Holy Trin­ity won 3-2 to ad­vance to the semi-fi­nals.

YES­TER­DAY’S RE­SULTS

died on March 5. He was 18 years old.

“I had ded­i­cated the sea­son to Jor­dan Foote. Now, we are look­ing for­ward to go­ing all the way,” he shared.

In the sec­ond game, Wolmer’s struck early when Mario Sails­man con­verted a tap-in from a cross by Al­phanso Gooden. The win­ners then stood back and com­pleted a hard­fought vic­tory,

Haile Se­lassie were re­duced to ten play­ers af­ter goal­keeper Mark Wil­liams was is­sued a red card by ref­eree Kevin Mor­ri­son for han­dling the ball out­side of the 18-yard box.

Wolmer’s were per­fect in Group K with nine points from their three games, St Ge­orge’s Col­lege ended on six points, Haile Se­lassie (3) and St Catherine fin­ished with­out a point.

Coach of Wolmer’s Vas­seLl Reynolds ad­mit­ted that they were a bit con­cerned com­ing into the game.

“We were a bit wor­ried as we got knocked out at this same stage last year in the Man­ning Cup. We got the early goal and de­fended well. I thought the team was fo­cussed for this game,” Reynolds said.

Mean­while, reign­ing champions Ja­maica Col­lege will en­gage Holy Trin­ity in the first semi-fi­nal while Kingston Col­lege will square-off against Wolmer’s in the sec­ond game. Both games are sched­uled for Saturday, Novem­ber 19 at the Na­tional Sta­dium. Dr Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is all smiles as she ac­cepts the hon­orary de­gree of Doc­tor of Laws from Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy’s Chan­cel­lor Ed­ward Seaga yes­ter­day. The pre­sen­ta­tion took place yes­ter­day at the univer­sity’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at the Na­tional Arena. FraserPryce boasts the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the first Caribbean woman to win gold in the 100 me­tres at the Olympics and the first fe­male sprinter to have won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in a sin­gle World Cham­pi­onships.

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PHO­TOS BY RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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