Wolmer's advance — Wolmer’s set tantalising date with George’s
'Manley' muddle helps Heroes Circle boys to semis
WOLMER'S Boys' secured the fourth and final semi-final spot in the ISSA Digicel/Gatorade Manning Cup after scoring a 3-0 win over Bridgeport at Constant Spring yesterday to set a date with defending champions St George's College on Saturday at the National Stadium.
The Ludlow Bernard-coached Wolmer's got goals from Tazeo Gilpin (15th), Jorginho James (55th) and Kamario Osbourne (82nd) to top Group K with seven points, ahead of Innswood with six and Norman Manley, four. Bridgeport ended the second round without a point.
Wolmer's main challengers Norman Manley — who entered yesterday's round of matches ahead on goal difference — blew their chances after losing 2-1 to Innswood at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.
Bernard said his team had to be disciplined and patient in order to get the result, although he admitted they fell short of the intended total of five goals.
"The patience that we exhibited today was well planned. We had to get a mindset that this was not something we were going to rush, but we would have to be patient and bide our time.
"We kept sustained pressure throughout... although Bridgeport showed up today; we maintained our discipline and the players showed that they really wanted to qualify," he said.
The Heroes Circle school did not have to wait long to get the go-ahead goal as 15 minutes into the contest, goalkeeper Oral Williams should have done better to prevent Gilpin's speculative shot from creeping in.
After the break, Wolmer's stepped up a gear and found their second goal when Jaheel Hyde's low cross caught the Bridgeport defence napping and James arrived on schedule to convert from point-blank range.
Jason Wright wasted a good chance to go three up when he kicked straight to goalkeeper Williams after showing good composure and control inside the area.
But Kamario Osbourne sealed the win eight minutes from time when he raced onto a ball inside the box and calmly lifted his effort over the advancing Williams to make it 3-0.
Substitute Lorenzo Osbourne came close with a similar effort to Kamario Osbourne, but this time Williams was alert to the cheeky lob.
Bridgeport's coach Tyrone Roberts said his team played for pride and they really wanted to beat Wolmer's to end with a win.
"The players really wanted to come here and do it... and I liked the effort that they put in," he said.
At Prison Oval, it took Norman Manley 61 minutes to get off the mark when Rohan Foster fired them in front. But they were pegged back as seven minutes later through Lejorne Hayles' strike.
Then in the second minute of added time, Tavoy Morgan netted again for the Spanish Town boys who were banking on a Wolmer's defeat or draw to advance to their first ever semi-finals.
Meanwhile St George's, who topped Group J on Monday with maximum six points from two games and qualified for the final four, will have to honour their outstanding fixture against Camperdown this afternoon at Constant Spring, starting at 3:00, although the game is of academic interest only.
The other semi-final on Saturday will see seven-time winners Excelsior High taking on first time semi-finalist Hydel High.