Needing to win to secure their place in the semi-final of FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup, defending champions Jamaica College (JC) defeated Wolmer’s Boys’ 3-1 at the Constant Spring Field in their top-of-the-table Group H football match.They now join Denham Town and Jonathan Grant in the last four.Wolmer’s, who needed only a point to claim top spot, had only themselves to blame as they wasted a number of easy-scoring opportunities in the first half.Zeron Sewell fired the ‘Dark Blues’ in front from the penalty spot at the 52nd minute, after Chevaun Crooks was fouled inside the area.WASTEDOPPORTUNITYHowever, minutes earlier, Wolmer’s wasted the best opportunity of the game when Rivaldo English slipped through the JC defence, but hit his shot on to the goalpost. However, the ball fell kindly to Alphanso Gooden who had an empty goal at his mercy, but he slammed the ball against the same goalpost, before the rebound was cleared by a defender.Tyreek Magee made it 2-0 four minutes after Sewell’s opener, when his free kick caught Shawn Jemison flat-footed and bounced inside the far post.Wolmer’s were given a lifeline in the 61st minute when the Heroes’ Circle-based school received a penalty and Rojay Smith made no mistake from the spot.However, the champions restored their two-goal cushion when Donovan Segree played in Malik Howell, who slotted past Jemison from close range.Donald Stewart, JC’s assistant coach, who organised the team on the day in coach Miguel Coley’s absence, said they executed well.”Wolmer’s and JC have a big rivalry from long years ago, and as the defending champions we wanted the opportunity to defend our title and to do that we have to move to the next stage, which is the semi-finals,” he said.Wolmer’s coach, Vassell Reynolds, said his team lost its composure.”We should have gotten one or two goals first half, but we were in the game at the end of the first half. But we didn’t recover from that penalty and the second goal caught us thinking about that and we got agitated and lost our composure,” he said.In the first game, which was purely of academic interest, Holy Trinity High beat Vauxhall High 2-1 on goals from Jabari Howell (11th) and Keno Chance (42nd). Jordan Batson had given Vauxhall a two-minute lead.The last semi-finalist will be decided this afternoon.Yesterday’s Results• JC 3, Wolmer’s 1• Holy Trinity 2 ,Vauxhall 1Today’s games• St George’s vs KC at Constant Spring• Haile Selassie vs St Jago at Prison OvalBoth matches start at 3 p.m.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Kyle Walker’s focus has not wavered amid speculation the defender is unhappy at White Hart Lane.Pochettino picked Kieran Trippier ahead of Walker for last weekend’s north London derby against Arsenal and the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea two weeks ago.Walker, who is reportedly keen on a move to Manchester City, is in the squad to face West Ham on Friday night and has trained as normal with the first team this week.“All 21 players are focused to help achieve the things we want to achieve,” Pochettino said.“I am so calm. The players are calm. They know what happens inside.“It’s important that the fans know that the players are calm and we will see at the end of the season whether the rumours are true or not.”Asked about Walker’s absence against Arsenal and Chelsea, Pochettino said: “For me every game is big. Crystal Palace was big. Swansea was a big game.”He continued: “When you have players that deserve to play and play, then all players feel an important part of the team.“The rotation between Danny Rose and Ben Davies, or Kyle and Trippier, you can see their performances.“It’s because we have good players in the squad that it affects their team-mates and makes them better.”Walker is one of a number of players to have been linked with moves away from Tottenham but Pochettino said nothing will be decided until the summer.“No decision until the end of the season about anything,” Pochettino said.“I accept the business but please, I think our fans don’t care. It’s true that Tottenham are a trending topic in all the rumours – we are champions. In the last two seasons (for rumours) we are more than first.”Spurs have the chance to crank up the pressure on Chelsea this weekend – they can reduce the gap at the top to one point, before the Blues face Middlesbrough on Monday.They must first, however, beat West Ham at the London Stadium, where the Hammers have struggled for form this term.Tottenham confirmed last week they will move to Wembley next season while their own new stadium is completed, and Pochettino said he might even ask Slaven Bilic for some advice.“Yes it will be a great opportunity,” Pochettino said.“Before the game, after the game. Always is an opportunity to listen, to learn. He maybe can advise us on different things.“You need to adapt to different things in a new stadium. We are aware that next season will be very important for us.”It’s important for the players and the club to know that next season will be tough.”Danny Rose is still not ready to return after three months out with a knee injury but the full-back is expected to resume full training next week. Kyle Walker 1