Wolmer’s, Corn­wall in Su­per Cup show­down

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

FOL­LOW­ING THREE cap­ti­vat­ing rounds of ‘Cham­pi­ons League-styled’ school­boy foot­ball, we are down to the big one - the fi­nal. The first ever daCosta Cup ver­sus Man­ning Cup ISSA-Flow Su­per Cup fi­nale takes cen­tre stage at Sabina Park to­day start­ing at 6 p.m.

Ru­ral area heavy­weights Corn­wall Col­lege will line up against fel­low first-time fi­nal­ists Wolmer’s Boys, who will be look­ing to join fel­low ‘town’ schools Ja­maica Col­lege and St Ge­orge’s Col­lege on the list of cham­pi­ons.

On the line – brag­ging rights plus a chance to top up their win­nings to $1 mil­lion in cash.

Both teams come into the con­test with a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties – deep squads, qual­ity play­ers an strong sup­port, but it’s per­haps their most ob­vi­ous dif­fer­ence that will play the big­gest role in to­day’s con­test – their vastly var­ied play­ing styles.

While Wolmer’s have made their way with much in­dus­try and ar­ti­san ef­fort, Corn­wall have made a name for them­selves for their flu­ency and pos­ses­sion play.

Corn­wall will be led by tal­is­man Jour­daine Fletcher, who tops the com­pe­ti­tion’s goalscor­ing chart with an im­pres­sive seven goals. Fletcher, a con­fi­dent goalscorer, is one of the most im­pres­sive school­boy foot­ballers in the coun­try and is com­ing fresh off a semi-fi­nal hat-trick.

He is not alone, strike part­ner Peter-Lee Vas­sell has 11 daCosta Cup goals to his name and is hitch­ing to make his mark in this com­pe­ti­tion.

The Red Ma­chine have scored eight goals in their three games in the Su­per Cup, while con­ced­ing three and have bagged 60 goals in their 16 daCosta Cup games this sea­son at an av­er­age of 3.75 goals per game.

Wolmer’s do not bring quite the same of­fen­sive threat, but a 6-0 ham­mer­ing of Lit­tle Lon­don in their open­ing Su­per League game has helped their tally to eight goals as well. The things, is, they have only con­ceded one goal in their three Su­per League games, some­thing Fletcher and com­pany will look to change.

Wolmer’s also boast their own hit­man in Al­phanso Gooden, who fol­lows Fletcher with five goals of his own in this com­pe­ti­tion. If given the chance, he’s sure to make the most of it.

His team’s only loss this year came at the hands of Kingston Col­lege in the Walker Cup knock­out on penal­ties, af­ter com­ing from be­hind to equalise 2-2. It was the only game that they trailed in all sea­son.

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