Wolmer’s, Ge­orge’s clash again

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - ROBERT BAI­LEY

De­fend­ing champions St Ge­orge’s Col­lege ( STGC) and pre­sea­son favourites Wolmer’s will to­mor­row square off in the fea­ture semi- fi­nal of the ISSA/ LIME Man­ning Cup at the Na­tional Sta­dium, with both teams back­ing them­selves to come out on top.

The match, which is slated to get un­der way at 4 p. m. will be pre­ceded by the play­ing of the first semi- fi­nal be­tween peren­nial ti­tle chal­lengers Ja­maica Col­lege ( JC) and Ex­cel­sior at 2 p. m.

“We are com­ing off a de­feat in the week and so we have to get it right against Wolmer’s on Satur­day,” said Mar­cel Gayle, as­sis­tant coach of St Ge­orge’s.

“It is go­ing to be a tough game be­cause this is the third year that we are play­ing against them in the Man­ning Cup semi- fi­nal. We have man­aged to come out on top in the pre­vi­ous two oc­ca­sions and so we are hop­ing to do the same in this game,” Gayle added.

“We only have the Man­ning Cup to play for, and so we want to go out there and play some good foot­ball and win the game.”

St Ge­orge’s will en­ter the match with in­ten­tions of not only de­fend­ing their ti­tle, but also re­main­ing on course for the na­tional Olivier Shield.

The Neville ‘ Ber­tis’ Bell- coached unit made the fi­nal four af­ter top­ping Group K, which in­cluded vic­to­ries against Cam­per­down, Span­ish Town and Cal­abar.

St Ge­orge’s will look to a cadre of for­mer na­tional Un­der- 17 and cur­rent na­tional Un­der20 rep­re­sen­ta­tives to lead them into this year’s fi­nal.

These in­clude mid­fielder and cap­tain Ryan Miller, who has net­ted 15 goals this sea­son, Oshane Boothe, Cardel Ben­bow and Martin Davis.

Wolmer’s, in the mean­while, topped Group J af­ter get­ting the bet­ter of Bridge­port, Nor­man Man­ley and Holy Trin­ity. They will en­ter the game eye­ing the cov­eted tre­ble, hav­ing al­ready se­cured a spot in the Walker Cup fi­nal.

“We are go­ing to take a very cau­tious and re­spect­ful ap­proach to this semi- fi­nal,” said Wolmer’s coach, Lud­low Bernard.

“We will be do­ing our re­search and anal­y­sis of their team to en­sure that we come with a strategy for the game,” he added.

For­mer na­tional Un­der- 17 player Ja­heel Hyde, who has net­ted 15 goals this sea­son, will lead Wolmer’s hunt for goals, along with fel­low striker Jordan James, who has scored 10 goals. They are ex­pected to re­ceive sup­port from Demar Rose, Khori Ben­nett and Kimo Wal­lace.

The first match, is ex­pected to be a keenly con­tested game as both teams will be at full strength for the match.

How­ever, Ex­cel­sior’s coach Lee­bert Hal­li­man, whose team have al­ready se­cured their place in Walker Cup fi­nal, says the hec­tic sched­ule has taken a toll on the team and will put them at a dis­ad­van­tage en­ter­ing to­mor­row’s game.

“We have to be play­ing three 1 o’ clock games three or four days apart, while the rest of the teams have been rest­ing for seven to eight days and so we are at a dis­ad­van­tage,” said Hal­li­man.

On the other hand, JC’s man­ager Ian Forbes is ex­press­ing con­fi­dence ahead of to­mor­row’s semi- fi­nal.

“We see it as a very im­por­tant game be­cause it is knock­out game, who­ever loses it out,” Forbes.

“We are quite con­fi­dent be­cause we have been play­ing well in this phase of the com­pe­ti­tion and I ex­pect to con­tinue in this vain.”

Wolmer’s Boys’ Tazeo Gilpin ( right) shield­ing the ball from St Ge­orge’s Col­lege’s Cardel Ben­bow dur­ing last year’s Man­ning Cup semi- fi­nal at the Na­tional Sta­dium. The teams will meet in a re­match to­mor­row.

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