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November 16, 2012
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Final four ... St George's face Wolmer's, XLCR take on Hydel in Manning semis
Jermaine Lannaman, Star Writer


Wolmer's Tazeo Gilpin (left) will face familiar foes when he takes on George's for the second time this season. - Ricardo Makyn

Two of the most consistent teams this season, defending champions St George's College and preseason favourites Wolmer's, will tomorrow square off in the feature semi-final of the ISSA/Gatorade/Digicel Manning Cup at the National Stadium, with both teams backing themselves confident of coming out on top.

The match, which is slated to get under way at 2 p.m., will be preceded by the playing of the first semi-final between perennial title challengers Excelsior and first-time semi-finalists Hydel, at 4 p.m.

"It is not going to be easy as Wolmer's is a good team and we know what they are capable of, they were the ones who knocked us out of the Walker Cup," said St George's assistant coach Marcel Gayle.

"But we are not concerned, as coming out of that match there were a lot of lessons learnt and since then we have been working on them.

"We plan to go out there and put in the performance of the season," he added.

St George's will enter the match with intentions of not only defending their title, but also remain on course for the national Olivier Shield.

They made the final four after topping Group J, which included victories against Charlie Smith and Holy Trinity and a loss to Camperdown.

The Neville Bell-coached unit will look to a cadre of former national Under-17 and current national Under-20 representatives.

These include midfielders Andre Lewis, Romario Jones, Zhelano Barnes, Mark Brown, Cardell Benbow, forwards Kendon Anderson and Oshane Boothe, and goalkeeper Nico Campbell.

Wolmer's, in the meanwhile, topped Group K after getting the better of Bridgeport and Innswood and drawing with Norman Manley. They will enter the game eyeing the coveted treble, having already secured a spot in the Walker Cup final.

"We are on a mission and that is to win as many trophies as possible this season," said Wolmer's coach, Ludlow Bernard.

"It means that whoever is in front of us we will have to take care of it and if that team is St George's then so be it. They (St George's) are a good team, but so are we."

The first match will see Hydel, coached by Geoffrey Maxwell, looking to create somewhat of an upset over Excelsior, who under the tutelage of Leebert Halliman, has been consistent over the past decade.

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