Wolmer’s held to a 1-1 draw with hosts Spanish Town at the Prison Oval in Group E of the ISSA/Digicel/Pepsi Manning Cup competition yesterday.

September 17th, 2010

Delano Planter (right) of Spanish Town High gets a high boot in as he attempts to prevent Omar Holness of Wolmer’s from seizing possession

WOLMER’S Boys’ were lucky to leave the old capital with a point after battling to a 1-1 draw with hosts Spanish Town at the Prison Oval in Group E of the ISSA/Digicel/Pepsi Manning Cup competition yesterday.

Patrick Palmer fired the visitors into the lead in the 21st minute, while Kenroy Powell equalised for Spanish Town in the 76th.

n other Group E results, St Jago High returned to winning ways by handing Donald Quarrie High their second straight defeat in a 3-1 scoreline, while Ardenne High edged Edith Dalton James 1-0.

Wolmer’s, who kick-started their campaign with an emphatic 8-0 triumph over Edith Dalton James on Monday, were matched stride for stride by an efficient-looking Spanish Town outfit, who opened their season with 3-0 blanking of Donald Quarrie.

Spanish Town’s threat throughout the contest was masterminded by the crafty goalscorer Powell, Okama Thompson, Owen Walters and Romio Hinds, but the slippery conditions caused by persistent showers made clinical finishing a tough task.

But in a first half where there was an even split of possessional play, Wolmer’s leaped into the lead when Palmer, darting down the centre, was well positioned to tap home a low ball into the danger area from the right.

Spanish Town’s Powell made life difficult for defenders of the Heroes Circle-based school with his deft touches and incisive dribbling, and more troubling, his shots from his perilous left foot.

After missing numerous opportunities and having efforts repelled by an alert goalkeeper, the silky-smooth frontman finally made a breakthrough.

Following industrious work down the right flank by Walter’s, who crossed a low and teasing ball in, Powell was princely in meeting the ball with the side of the right boot, giving the goalkeeper no chance.

Meanwhile, at Deanery Road, Calabar blanked Kingston Technical (KTHS) 3-0 in their opening Group C encounter, thanks to a double strike from Akeil Barrett and a third from Shane Franklin.

Neither team created many chances in the first half as play was centred around midfield. Kingston Technical seemed out to change things early in the second half, but it was not to be as Barrett scored four minutes into the second half, taken with a direct strike from 16 yards out.

Franklin took advantage of a weakened KTHS defence as the black-and-green-clad Calabar dominated the second period and in the 75th minute he hit pay dirt, taking them up 2-0.

Barrett sealed the deal with his second goal on the stroke of full-time and coach Alric Clarke said he was happy having earned three points in the first game of the season.

“Hats off to KTHS, they gave us a run for our money. I think we played fairly well in patches and the three points are secure,” he told the Observer.

Clive Anderson, KTHS’s coach, said simple mistakes were to be blamed for his team’s second defeat within a week of competition.

“Players not following instructions. We’ll get better, it’s just a matter of these guys needing to focus, concentrate, and have some level of discipline,” Anderson said.

Elsewhere in the group, Nico Brett scored four times as Excelsior thrashed St Andrew College 5-1, while Innswood stopped Papine, 2-0.

In Group A games today, Haile Selassie tackle Ascot at Tinson Pen, Jose Martin host Bridgeport and Vauxhall entertain Dunoon.

Group D action will see Holy Trinity vs Pembroke Hall, Norman Manley vs Meadowbrook at Maxfield Park and Penwood vs STATHS at Molynes United.

In Group F, Hydel host Jonathan Grant at Caymanas Golf Club, Tarrant face Eltham at JACISERA Park and Campion College and Kingston College meet at Hope Road.

All matches start at 3:30 pm.

Source:JamaicaObserver

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