Wolmer's score controversial 2-1 win over Holy Trinity

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Wolmer's Boys' scored a controversial 2-1 win over Holy Trinity High in their ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup top-of-the-table encounter to assume sole leadership of Group G yesterday.

Goals by Kimani Gibbons in the 30th minute and Nickache Murray in the 41st minute pushed the maroon and gold-clad boys from Heroes Circle to their fourth consecutive win and 12 points.

Roy Evelyn pulled one back for Holy Trinity in the 57th minute and despite a late push, they lost their unbeaten record and top spot to slip to second on nine points.

Meanwhile, Edith Dalton James consolidated third spot with a 3-2 win over Jose Marti High and took closer orders on the leaders on six points, while Waterford jumped into fourth spot on four points following their 1-0 win over Pembroke Hall, who slipped to fifth with three points. Jose Marti remained at the bottom without a point.

In the feature encounter, Wolmer's emerged deserved victors but under controversial circumstances after referee Malachi Reid awarded a penalty to Holy Trinity in the 35th minute then changed his decision after consulting his assistant Omar Mills.

With Wolmer's leading 1-0 Holy Trinity broke away courtesy of Phillon Lawrence, but goalkeeper Tajay Griffiths left his line and both players collided and the ball fell nicely to Dillon McEnnis of Holy Trinity with an empty goal.

But referee Reid halted the play by signalling a penalty.

Then he changed his decision and restarted play with a drop ball which Holy Trinity's head coach Devon Anderson thought was another poor decision.

“We were badly done by the decision of the referee. He took the advantage away from us. How you as the referee was five yards away and called a penalty after the goalkeeper fouled my player and my next player had the ball in his possession to kick the ball into the back of the net and then you went to the linesman and he overruled you as the referee. That's the first I am seeing that,” lamented Anderson.

“It just showed that he wasn't in control of the game. After that disappointing call, the boys dropped their heads and it was an uphill task for us after that,” he noted.

On the other hand, Wolmer's head coach Alex Thomas was grateful for the win, even as he exalted the courage displayed by his opponents.

“I want to congratulate the Holy Trinity team because they pushed us and we expected that type of game because we played them in pre-season and it was that type of game,” said Thomas.

“But I must praise my team for the three points as they put in a workman-like performance and I have to lift my hats off to them,” he added.— Howard Walker

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