JAMAICA College (JC) and Wolmer’s Boys advanced to the final of the ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel Walker Cup knockout football competition following penalty kick wins over Excelsior High and Kingston College (KC), respectively, at the Constant Spring field yesterday.
JC had to work hard in their 5-4 penalty kick win over Excelsior after both teams were locked at 0-0 after normal and extra time.
After battling to a 1-1 draw, Wolmer’s defeated KC 3-1 on penalties and tentatively set a date with JC for Saturday, November 24, but only if none of them reaches the Manning Cup final set for the same date.
If either JC or Wolmer’s happen to make it to the Manning Cup final, the Walker Cup final will be pushed back to Wednesday, November 28.
In the curtain-raiser, the Leebert Halliman-coached Excelsior had only themselves to blame after creating the better chances and even missed a penalty just before the end of normal time.
Substitute Colardo Murray’s tame spot kick was blocked by former National Under-17 goalkeeper Odean Clarke, who dived the wrong way but used his foot to block the kick that was aimed straight down the middle.
But Murray showed character and was the first to tuck home his spot kick in the shoot-out for Excelsior.
Delanie Pottinger, Romaine Hoshang and Brian Richards also scored, while Tareck Anderson missed his kick for Excelsior.
National Under-17 captain Junior Flemmings, Akeno Bailey, Raffique Bryan, Alando Brown and Stefan Logan were perfect from the spot for JC.
In the feature encounter the highly fancied Wolmer’s had to fight hard to turn back a wellorganised KC aggregation and got home with three saves from goalkeeper Amal Knight in the shoot-out.
Wolmer’s, boosting several national players in Jason Wright, Kemo Wallace, Jaheel Hyde and which included senior Reggae Boy Jorghino James, along with Jason Greenland and Tazeo Gilpin, who all made the switch from KC, never looked the part and were matched by their lesser talented North Street rivals in all aspects on the field.
Earlier, Kemario Osbourne bundled home for Wolmer’s in the 60th minute before Shamala Ashman headed KC level in the 70th minute.
With only 20 minutes of extra time in what was deteriorating light at the ground, Knight was clearly the star, saving three of the KC kicks, the last one which he did twice after an infringement on the first attempt.
Knight denied KC skipper Allan Morgan, Kyle Scott and Tevin Campbell, while Akeem Richards was the only successful kicker of the famed ‘Purples’ from North Street.
Wolmer’s were perfect from the spot with Jason Wright and late substitutes Chavez Brooks and Jordan James netting comfortably.