Wolmers face Cornwall for Super Cup 2016
Following four captivating rounds of champions league-styled schoolboy football, it’s the first-ever daCosta versus Manning Cup ISSA-Flow Super Cup grand finale, in this, the third-annual staging at Sabina Park, in Kingston, at 6 p.m. this evening.
Rural area heavyweights Cornwall College will line up against fellow first-time finalists urban-are-based titans Wolmer’s Boys.
To the surprise of many, the daCosta Cup teams have been teams to beat this year, with three semi-finalists coming from rural Jamaica.
Today, both Cornwall and Wolmer’s have deep squads, quality players, yet vastly different playing styles.
It has, however, been a very gruelling two-and-a-half weeks in terms of close fixtures for both.
Cornwall College played in the daCosta Cup a day before Wolmer’s (Thursday), so both will almost be on even pegging.
It will be a case of who wants it more, which coach rotates best tactically, and ultimately recuperation.
Cornwall will be led by Jourdaine Fletcher’s table topping seven goals. They are the team to beat. Fletcher is one of the most impressive schoolboy footballers in the country and fresh off a semi-final hat-trick. He will need containing from Wolmer’s who defend as team.
On the not so bright side, Aiden Jokomba is Cornwall’s only other Super Cup scorer, hence a Fletcher shutout could give Wolmer’s some advantage. Another Cornwall player to watch is the very skilful and lively, Peter-Lee Vassell.
Results on paper would indicate Cornwall are favourites, going a total of 16 games unbeaten in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Wolmer’s are easily the country’s most all-round balanced schoolboy teams, that does not need to score big to win. They have conceded just one goal in the tournament against STETHS.
Leading scorer Alphanso Gooden, with five, will need the support of strike partners Rivaldo English (two) and Andrew Daley one goal, to give them an edge.
They will need to get the best out of a lively, but fairly inconsistent Yannick Elliot in midfield to spur them in attack.
At the back, goalkeeper Shamar Jamieson who saved three semi-final penalties will no doubt prove an asset if defensive mates of captain Jahwani Hinds and company, remain solid.
The Wolmer’s team, this year, only lost once against Kingston College in the Walker Cup knockout on penalties, after coming from behind to equalise 2-2. It was the only game they trailed all season.
The ‘Maroon and Gold’ won their round-of-16 match 6-0 over Little London before clipping highly rated Kingston College 1-0 in last Saturday's quarter-finals, then got by STETHS 6-5 o9n penalties.
Additionally, in almost every area of the field, they have been getting good performances which could make the difference today.