Sports

Advantage Wolmer's, Camperdown

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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WOLMER'S Boys' School and Camperdown High registered close 1-0 first-leg wins over Denham Town and Excelsior High as second-round action of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition kicked off yesterday at the Stadium East field.

Rivaldo Mitchell netted for Wolmer's in the 68th minute putting them in a good position with a crucial away goal with the second leg set for Friday.

It was a good win for the Heroes' Circle-based boys as they survived a first-half onslaught by Denham Town and took control of the second half with a display of efficiency and were deserved winners in the end.

Winning coach Alex Thomas said it was a tough game and that he was happy they were able to secure the advantage.

“It was good to get off on the right foot and based on the nature of the sport, an ugly win is better than a pretty loss,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

“You have to expect anything because everybody wants to go to the next round and everybody has to come with their 'A' game. We started out slowly and were lethargic to the ball but in the second [half] they came out better. It's a good win,” he added.

Denham Town, who were the designated home team, will have a little more work to do in the return leg, but coach Omar Edwards still believes his team can pull it off.

“Not a bad game, overall. I believed both teams put down the ball and played some attractive football at times. In the first half we played most of the football and got several opportunities but failed to capitalise, hence in the second half Wolmer's came out and capitalised on a one-goal advantage,” said Edwards.

“We have to learn, if we cannot score, then we protect and we should have at least taken something from the game,” he emphasised.

Meanwhile, in the feature encounter of the double-header, Camperdown rode their luck and converted one of two penalties they got from fouls committed by Excelsior's goalkeeper Daniel-Prince Smith.

But Smith temporarily made amends by diving to his left and parrying away Shaqueil Bradford's weak penalty kick in the fourth minute. But in the 86th minute, he was powerless as substitute Basil Trelevan made no mistake and calmly slotted home for a crucial win for Camperdown.

It was an even match between both teams and this tie is far from over with the return leg set for Friday again at the Stadium East.

Camperdown's assistant coach Donovan Lofters said it was the “battle of the East” which makes it a tough game but that they now have a foot into the quarter-final and they will not be sitting on their narrow advantage.

“We missed a penalty but we came back and got one on the board. On Friday they will be one down, so I expect they will try to get back one so what we need to do is, for the first 10 or 20 minutes, absorb the pressure and get back in our flow,” said Lofters.

“We are not coming to sit down and defend this one-goal lead. We need a cushion and especially like how it's our away match, so one goal for us means a lot,” he noted.

in other games, Kingston College defeated Cumberland 3-1 and St Jago High stunned Holy Trinity High 2-0 in first leg action at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.

Today's games (Home teams are named first)

1:00 pm Hydel vs STATHS @ Spanish Town Prison Oval

1:00 pm Charlie Smith vs St Catherine @ Stadium East

3:00 pm Calabar vs Jamaica College @ Spanish Town Prison Oval

3:00 pm Mona vs St George's College @ Stadium East

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