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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 9:11:52 AM

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Death of player's mom ignites Wolmer's

Wolmer’s, ‘Charlie’ advance to Walker Cup semis

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, October 19, 2013

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TITLE-HOLDERS Wolmer's Boys' overcame an emotional atmosphere at the Constant Spring field yesterday to hammer Spanish Town High 4-0 and soar into the semi-final of the ISSA/LIME Walker Cup Knockout competition.

Jaheel Hyde led Wolmer's with goals in the 69th and 82nd minutes after Jordan James opened the scoring in the 18th.

Demar Rose, whose mother Farrah Smith died during childbirth on Wednesday, notched Wolmer's' other goal with a 62nd-minute header.

Rose and his teammates, who all wore symbolic black armbands, celebrated that second goal with telling intensity and even fans joined in, displaying T-shirts with the image of Smith on the front.

After the match, a teary-eyed Rose said he "dedicated" the goal and the victory to the memory of his mother. The Jamaica Observer understands that Rose's baby brother survived a day before also passing away on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in the first match of the double-header at the venue, Charlie Smith turned back Holy Trinity High 2-1 to set up an enticing semi-final clash with Wolmer's on Tuesday.

Bebeto McDonald and substitute Shamar Pryce got the goals for Charlie Smith in the 33rd and 59th minutes, respectively. Shamar Stephenson temporarily pulled Holy Trinity level in the 53rd minute.

In the feature quarter-final encounter, Spanish Town, playing without influential attacker Nathaniel Leslie due to suspension, never looked like troubling Wolmer's and they went behind early when James scored.

Rose, the co-captain of the team, doubled the advantage 17 minutes into the second half when he expertly nodded in from a right-sided cross.

Spanish Town, who were pinned inside their half for long spells, went further behind when Hyde, the sprint hurdles gold medallist at the 2013 World Youth Championships, took control of the ball in the final third and sped past a defender before sliding his shot beneath the advancing goalkeeper Sean Paul Desouza.

The misery for the St Catherine-based team continued in the 77th minute when Lloyd Duhaney received a second yellow card and was sent off.

Hyde put the icing on the cake five minutes later when he drilled home a left-footer from 22 yards.

Earlier, Holy Trinity, exhibiting ample composure and maturity in midfield, hit the crossbar during a first half they mostly dominated, but it was Charlie Smith who opened the scoring when McDonald picked up a ball after Ryan Smith's dribble into the Holy Trinity penalty box and blasted into an empty net.

Holy Trinity equalised eight minutes into the second half when a free-kick was awarded for a foul on Shamar Dillon on the edge of the box. Stephenson's low shot went through the parted defensive wall and into the net.

Soon after, however, Pryce scored when he cut in from the right and clipped home a left-footer to restore the lead.

Charlie Smith ended the stronger of the teams and though Holy Trinity pressed for the equaliser, some rock-solid defending from the South St Andrew-based team comfortably held them at bay.

The other semi-finalists will be decided today when St George's College battle Hydel High at 1:00 pm and Jamaica College face Excelsior High at 3:00 pm. Both matches will be played at Constant Spring.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:25:38 AM

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St George's, Excelsior set up semi-final date

Published: Wednesday | October 23, 2013 0 Comments

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Defending Manning Cup and Olivier Shield champions, St George's College, have their sights set on the triple crown this year after defeating Hydel 4-0 in their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Walker Cup knockout quarter-final match yesterday at Constant Spring Sports Complex.

St George's passage to the semi-final was paved by goals from captain Ryan Miller (14th), Kurt Thomas (43rd own goal), Amoy Brown (49th) and Cardell Benbow (77th).

"We want to win everything...but it is a very, very long way to go and we are not even close yet," St George's coach, Neville Bell, expressed. "We know that whoever we playing the semi-final, whether Excelsior or Jamaica College, it is going to be much tougher than what we had today and we have to be prepared for that."

Excelsior earned the right to meet St George's in the semi-final - at a date yet to decided, according to ISSA's competitions director, George Forbes - after surprising Jamaica College 2-0 in the second match on the double-header.

Excelsior's goals were netted by by Damani Morais (42nd) four minutes after coming on as a sub, and Christopher Thorpe (86th).

"It will be a mountain to climb. They (St George's) are awesome, but hopefully, they will turn up not wanting to play and we can capitalise on it," Excelsior's coach, Leebert Halliman, said.


St George's totally dominated their match against Hydel, the same team they defeated in the final of last year's Manning Cup. It was, how-ever, Hydel that carved out the first clear goalscoring opportunity of the game when a fastbreak in the ninth minute saw three of their attackers up against one of St George's defenders. Jaheel Chamberlin opted to shoot from an angle instead of passing to one of his teammates, allowing St George's custodian, Cordell Irving, to make an easy save.

Chamberlin appeared to pay dearly for his error in judgement, as he was pulled from the game 15 minutes later by coach Geoffery Maxwell without showing any signs of an injury.

JC came into the game with a perfect 10 wins from as many games, but were ambushed by a nifty and very tactically prepared Excelsior. Excelsior's captain, Hishrock Francis, was imperious in his marking of JC's talisman, Junior Flemming, who has netted 14 goals so far this season. He was reduced to just one good sighting of goal and hit a shot which was superbly blocked by keeper Jonah Morgan.

Excelsior, on the other hand, were beneficiaries of two fortuituous goals, with the first by Morais coming after Allendo Brown and his keeper, Courtney Dowdie, were indecisive in dealing with an innocuous-looking ball into the area. Morais stole in between them and poked home.

Dowdie was the only one to blame for Excelsior's second, as despite being under no pressure, he dropped a harmless-looking cross by Thorpe into his goal.

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 8:33:52 AM

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Classy quartet poised for mouth-watering semis

Published: Tuesday | November 12, 2013 0 Comments
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Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

Today's semi-finals in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Walker Cup knockout football competition promises two exciting matchups at the Constant Spring Sports Complex.

In the first of the double-header, St George's College square off against Excelsior High at 1 p.m., to be followed by defending champions Wolmer's Boys meeting Charlie Smith High at 3 p.m.

Having missed out on the Walker Cup title last season, St George's, who won the Manning Cup and Olivier Shield titles in 2012, will certainly be looking to make a clean sweep of all silverwares available.

St George's College head coach, Neville 'Bertis' Bell, says he expects a tough challenge from the Excelsior team.

"It's going to be a tough game for us as they (Excelsior) are a hard-working team. However, we wanted to be here and we are confident," Bell, who guided the North Street-based institution to the Triple Crown in 2011, told The Gleaner yesterday morning.

"We are happy to be in both semi-finals, but I am not totally pleased with the performances as it has been up and down for us," Bell pointed out.

He also said many persons had doubts about the team and predicted that they would not advance from the group in the preliminary stage.

"We lost about eight or nine top players from the team last year and many persons doubted us. But we are not surprised at the team's progress in both competitions," he disclosed.

Ryan Miller, the captain, is the leading goalscorer with 16 and the former national Under-17 captain is expected to get good support from other former national youth representatives such as Cordel Benbow, Oshane Boothe, Martin Davis and Amoy Brown, as well as Shevon Stewart and Gregory Messam.

"He (Ryan Miller) is a very talented player who came in from the Under-14 level. He plays anywhere. However, his style of leaving the 'hole' at times can hurt us," Bell shared.

Meanwhile, Excelsior's head coach, Lebert Halliman, thinks the odds are against his team.

"We will be playing three games in seven days and two of them are at 1 p.m., which is very taxing on my team, compared to our opponents, who played just one game in seven days," Halliman told The Gleaner yesterday.

Overwhelming favourites

"It will affect my team as St George's is a quality team and so they are overwhelming favourites going into the semi-finals. However, we are going to give it our best shot. We have to score our chances and hope that they will have an off day," the veteran schoolboy coach shared.

For victory Excelsior will rely mainly on key player Kareem Banton, Romaine Hosang and captain Hishrock Francis.

In the second game, another interesting duel is expected. Charlie Smith is the only team in the Walker Cup semis that is not in the Manning Cup last four, so they will come highly motivated to win the game against the champions.

Charlie Smith, coached by Jerome Waite, have goalkeeper Leon Taylor, Odane Samuels, Bebeto McDonald, Kimani Arbouine and Shaquille Dyer as their main players.

The Ludlow Bernard-coached Wolmer's are unbeaten in both the Manning and Walker Cup competitions so far, and will be determined to continue their unbeaten run. They have a potent attacking force that includes Jaheel Hyde, Jordan James, Khori Bennett and Demar Rose.

The winners of each semi-final will advance to the final, which is tentatively set for November 27 at a venue to be decided by ISSA.
Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 8:10:24 AM

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Excelsior, Wolmer's survive Walker Cup drama

Published: Wednesday | November 13, 2013 0 Comments

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Defending Walker Cup champions Wolmer's Boys' showed their mettle as they overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat Charlie Smith 3-2 in their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Walker Cup semi-final encounter yesterday at the Constant Spring Complex.

The 2002 champions, Charlie Smith, jumped into a two-goal lead through strikes from captain Vasbert Harry (14th and 46th).

Wolmer's were, however, not ready to relinquish their title and came roaring back through strikes from Rennico Clarke (52nd), Jordan James (61st), and Jaheel Hyde (90+3).

The Ludlow Bernard-coached Wolmer's will meet Excelsior in the final after the latter got by St George's College 4-2 on penalties as the two were locked at 0-0 at the conclusion of full and extra time.

"It is one more step to destiny and I am really thrilled with the perfor-mance of my team this afternoon," Bernard said. "If you want to win competitions, you have to beat the best teams, and Charlie Smith is a very good team, and when we were 2-0 down, I think it is the composure of the team that took us through."

good effort

"The concentration level in the latter part of the game resulted in Wolmer's getting a win, but all in all, it was a good effort," Charlie Smith's coach, Jerome Waite, said.

The opening game of the double-header matched one of the best attacking teams in the competition, St George's, against one of the best defensive teams, Excelsior. St George's should have put the game to rest from in the first half, but they were wasteful, allowing Excelsior to tighten the defensive screws in the second half and for the 20 minutes of extra-time.

The fate of the teams was then left to the dreaded penalty shoot-out. Excelsior's first two kickers in Kareem Banton and Domoni Morias converted, with St George's Ryan Miller and Oshane Boothe doing likewise.

Excelsior's Romaine Hoosang was the first to lose his nerve when he kicked wide of the right post. This opened the door for St George's but the opportunity was squandered as both Martin Davis and Shevon Stewart struck tame shots, which were easily saved by Excelsior's custodian, Jonah Morgan.

It was then down to Christopher Thorpe to keep Excelsior on course for their eighth Walker Cup title, and he obliged as he hammered his shot to the left of St George's keeper, Cordell Irving.

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Wolmer's lift Walker Cup

Published: Friday | November 29, 2013 0 Comments

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Wolmer's Boys successful defended their Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Walker Cup Knockout title, with an exciting 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory over Excelsior High at the Constant Spring Sports Complex yesterday.

The Ludlow Bernard-coached Wolmer's were forced to play extra-time in a major schoolboy football final for the second time in less than a week after the game ended at 1-1 at full and extra time.

Kimario Osbourne netted the opening goal for Wolmer's in the 37th minute but Colorado Murray netted the equaliser for Excelsior in the 76th minute to send the match into extra time.

Wolmer's custodian Dane Lee was the hero for his team in the shoot-out when he saved two penalty kicks from Excelsior's Kurtis Christie and Samuel Halliman. Demar Rose, Jaheel Hyde, Chavez Brooks and Osbourne converted from the spot for Wolmer's.

It was a bitter-sweet day for the boys from Heroes Circle, who lost 3-2 in extra time to Jamaica College in the Manning Cup final last Saturday.

"The season has ended with us restoring some lost pride," said Bernard. "It was good to see the effort from the players this afternoon because they really gave their all.

"However, I was a bit worried when Excelsior started to dominate the latter parts of the game, but my players battled away and they were quite adamant that they were not going home empty-handed," he said.

On the other hand, Excelsior's coach Leebert Halliman was gracious in defeat.

"I think we did well because the boys gave it their best shot," said Halliman.

He added: "I think the lack of experience affected us in the penalty shoot-out because two players that we expected to score didn't score, but it just is one of those days.

Skilful Osbourne

Wolmer's dominated the early exchanges as they created a number of clear chances, but excellent goalkeeping from Excelsior's Jonah Morgan kept them at bay. Osbourne should have given Wolmer's the lead in the 25th minute, but his weak shot from 12 metres was saved by Morgan.

The speedy and skilful Osbourne then made up for his early miss when he evaded the Excelsior offside trap to lob the ball over the head of the advancing Morgan.

Excelsior, however, came out firing in the second stanza, as they had their opponents on the backfoot for most of the half. They were finally rewarded when Murray scored the equaliser with a beautiful 20-metre free kick past Lee. Christopher Thorpe came close to netting the winner for Excelsior five minutes later but his powerful shot from 15 metres was turned behind for a corner kick by Lee.
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