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.