Wolmer's, Bridgeport face off

October 18, 2017
Tyrese Bloomfield, (left) of Haile Selassie scores his team's oopening goal while Holy Trinity's Romario Davis watches helplessly as his goalkeeper is beaten at Constant Spring Sports Complex yesterday.

After playing out a first-leg 0-0 stalemate on Saturday, Wolmer's and Bridgeport face 90 minutes with the possibility of extra-time and penalties in their second-leg round of 16 Manning Cup match today at Constant Spring, starting at 1. p.m.

Bridgeport coach Garnet Lawrence said his team will look to attack more and try to score early.

"The first game, we both made it out to be a boring game because everybody equalled out everybody on the field. It was a tactical game by both coaches. Whether we got it wrong or right, it ended nil-all, so I am trying to override that," he said.

Though Lawrence admitted that they will still be cautious in defence, he insists that they have to get their attack going.

"We will have to attack more this trip. We have to break them down. We moved well from the back through the midfield but, the final third, we are working on that. It's an away game so we are looking to get a quick goal or two and let them attack and we counter," he said, adding that victory would be a major boost going into the next round.

"They (Wolmer's) are a very good offensive team. Their back four don't really move, so we will have to be moving to try to get them out of shape. Their captain and their striker (Rivaldo English) missed the last game and without him they are weaker.

"We are the 15th-ranked team and they are the number two seed team so to come out with a victory would be a morale boost for us," Lawrence pointed out.

Bridgeport will look to Kyle Ming, Ronaldo Barnes and Javon Bascoe. While Wolmer's hopes will rest on Mario Salesman, goalkeeper Taj Griffiths but they will miss English again.

Meanwhile, in games yesterday, Haile Selassie, the 16th seed, upset number one seed Holy Trinity 2-0 in the first leg of their round of 16 play-off match at Constant Spring. Haile Selassie got goals from Tyrese Bloomfield (37th) and Renardo Freeman (85th).

At Prison Oval, St Catherine and St George's College also took first-leg aggregate leads against Hydel and St Jago, respectively. St Catherine defeated Hydel 2-0 to hand the Ferry school their first defeat of the season. St George's turned back St Jago 1-0.


Today's games


Constant Spring field

• Bridgeport v Wolmer's at 1 p.m. (0-0 on aggregate)

Calabar v XLCR at 3 p.m. (Calabar lead 2-0 on aggregate)

Stadium East

• Jamaica College v Charlie Smith at 1 p.m. (2-2 on aggregate)

• Camperdown v STATHS at 3 p.m. (1-1 on aggregate)

• Kingston College v Tivoli at 5 p.m. (KC lead 4-1 on aggregate)

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