Wolmer's, Camperdown on course to qualify for Manning Cup second round
Wolmer's goalkeeper Tajay Griffiths celebrates a goal with teammates during their Group G top-of-the-table return-leg fixture against Holy Trinity High at Bell Chung Oval on Friday, September 28, 2018. Wolmer's won 2-1. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).
Wolmer's Boys and Camperdown High strengthened their chances of qualifying for the second round of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition on Match Day 13 on Friday.
Alex Thomas-coached Wolmer's Boys defeated Holy Trinity 2-1 in their Group G top-of-the-table return-leg fixture at Bell Chung Oval; while Camperdown High stopped Eltham High 2-0 at the Alpha Institute over in Group C.
Holy Trinity, Wolmer's showdown
Victory for Wolmer's Boys means that the Heroes Circle-based school won both legs against Holy Trinity by the same margin. They now moved to 19 points from seven games, a four-point lead over second-place Holy Trinity High.
Third-place Eltham High remain in the hunt for a second round spot with a home 1-0 victory over last-place Jose Marti High, which allowed them to close the gap on Holy Trinity to two.
Camperdown High also defeated Eltham High on both occasions following a 1-0 victory in the first-leg on September 8.
The latest victory pushed Camperdown High to 19 points, still a four-point lead over second-place Charlie Smith High, which defeated Meadowbrook High 3-0 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.
At the conclusion of the preliminary round, the first two teams in each group will advance to the next round. The best third place team/next best third place teams will also qualify for the next round. Those two places will be determined by the number of points earned divided by the number of matches played.
Over at the Bell Chung Oval, a goal one minute into first half added time by Rivaldo Mitchell and another in the 72nd minute by Clayon Haynes led Wolmer's Boys and put them in a strong position to win the group with three round of matches remaining in the preliminary round.
Phillion Lawrence scored Holy Trinity's goal in the 68th minute.
The first half was a fairly even affair with Wolmer's starting positively before Holy Trinity gradually even things out and at times had the initiative.
It was during one of Holy Trinity's brief period of dominance that Wolmer's scored.
The opening goal came from a quick break down the centre of the field with Kimani Gibbons at the half line providing a through pass for Mitchell to the left of the 18-yard box. Holy Trinity's Ricardo Dixon got a foot to the ball but it still slipped through to Mitchell who dribbled inside the area to side-foot the ball around the advancing goalkeeper Stephen Lindsay.
Holy Trinity pressed for the equaliser at the start of the second half and hit the crossbar twice through Nicholas Thomas and Dante Green.
They eventually found the equalising goal through a powerful shot from Lawrence at the top of the 18-yard box, directly in front of goal. It left goalkeeper Tajay Griffiths rooted to the ground as it dipped over his head.
Holy Trinity continued to dictate the action, but it was Wolmer's who found the winning goal when Haynes headed in from inside the six-yard box after a right-side corner was swung to the far post and headed back to him.
The competition continues on Saturday with 15 games.
Norman Manley 1 Jonathan Grant 0
Camperdown 2 Eltham 0
Charlie Smith 3 Meadowbrook 0
Holy Trinity 1 Wolmer’s 2 Bell/Chung Oval
Edith Dalton James 1 Jose Marti 0
Waterford 0 Pembroke Hall 0