Wolmer’s hammer STETHS to claim U-14 all-island title
WOLMER’S Boys’ Under-14 football Head Coach Haron Martin praised his players for capping off a standout season with a 4-1 beating of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Burger King all-island match.
In overcast conditions at Stadium East field on Saturday, urban area champions Wolmer’s, who bossed possession in the 70-minute contest, were powered by Rohan Sharpe’s three-timer.
After Jayden Douglas opened the scoring in the 14th minute Sharpe notched his first in the 21st minute before adding another goal in the second minute of first-half stoppage time.
Eckoney Robinson scored in the 45th minute to give STETHS a flicker of hope but Sharpe completed his hat-trick five minutes later to ensure a comfortable win for Wolmer’s who had previously lifted the urban area crown when they defeated Excelsior High 1-0.
“We are a confident bunch. I think the boys kind of refocused for this match against STETHS,” Martin told the Jamaica Observer.
“They [Wolmer’s] weren’t tense, and they came out and executed well. It was one of our best games all season. We really wanted to end the season in style; we won 14 games and drew two, and these boys deserve all the credit,” the Wolmer’s coach added.
STETHS Head Coach Brandon Gayle conceded that his team, which had successfully defended the rural area title last week when they defeated Manning’s School 3-1, was second best in the all-island play-off.
“We expected a tough game because Wolmer’s are a good team but competing in a final, we came to win. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as we planned. Wolmer’s are well-drilled; they did their job and they came out successful.
“There are positives for my team: We won the rural area title again, and with this result against Wolmer’s we have to come back again next year,” he said.
In the ISSA Burger King Under-16 all-island play-off match, also at Stadium East, rural area champions Manning’s School defeated urban area winners Jamaica College (JC) 2-0.
Dainton Williams (48th minute) and Jarvis Meylor (53rd) got the goals for the Westmoreland-based school as JC were left to rue a flurry of missed clear-cut chances throughout the 80-minute encounter.