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.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBig deterrent Re: “6,000 troops along border” (May 16): When you add 6,000 National Guard to assist in patrolling the border, it should be a big deterrent, especially if the media will report the stops that are made. And one must remember that with every coyote caught and all those people stopped, the funds necessary to have them take people across the border will also start to dry up. -Barry Levy Redondo Beach Re: “Injunction puts exit exam on hold” (May 13): I read with interest the comments about kids graduating from high school who can’t pass an eighth-grade math test. The question everyone seems to be asking is: Why did they graduate from the 12th grade? A better question: Why did they graduate from the eighth? -Stephen Booth Simi Valley Border Band-Aid Re: “6,000 troops along border” (May 16): With Karl Rove’s help our president always says the right thing, but he never does the right thing! Sending those National Guard troops down there as support for the Border Patrol is like putting a Band-Aid on a severed limb. -Bernard Lehrer Ventura Deal with the devil Re: “Parkman deal first in LAUSD” (May 16): As a retiring teacher from Granada Hills Charter High School, I am disappointed with the outcome of the charter movement and Parkman Middle School. I think Parkman’s teachers have made a “deal with the devil.” They have settled for less than they should have. Why not push the envelope and go all the way to becoming a charter school? I think they will find that the LAUSD does not mean to give them any more freedom. Eventually they will have to take the step to become a charter school or stay and be part of a system that does not believe in giving anything. It is a sad day when a school that was so close to escaping backs down for less than it wanted. -Stephanie Schwartz Canyon Country Beyond disgusted I am a Republican, and beyond disgusted with Bush. In his speech, he mentioned that illegal immigrants should not have an automatic path to citizenship. In that, he implies that some could become citizens eventually. Foreigners breaking our laws to come here for money should never be allowed to become voting citizens. Stay here, maybe, but citizenship, never. I no longer contribute to the GOP; instead, the Minutemen get my donations. -Glenn Victor Northridge Spanish only Re: “Latino students take issue with limited classes” (May 15): My condolences to the high school students who feel cheated because Spanish is the only foreign-language option available to them these days. Isn’t it ironic how illegal immigration hits everyone? Financial constraints are felt everywhere. Couple the extra expense that the LAUSD fields from educating illegals with the hefty pensions and salaries of all the employees, and cuts have to be made. And, goodness knows, Roy Romer isn’t going to take a pay cut. -Kim Greene Studio City Smith responds Re: “Fiscal restraint” (Our Opinions, May 16): As a member of the City Council’s Budget Committee with a record of strong fiscal constraint and advocacy for government efficiency, I am certainly not “loath to see public funds not be spent.” It is that very fiscal philosophy that has guaranteed Los Angeles the highest credit rating of any large city in America. Neighborhood councils receive public money specifically to spend on projects for public benefit. The unused money goes back to the general fund because their use of funds is subject to oversight and transparency, just like all public agencies entrusted with taxpayer money should be. Despite being so new, neighborhood councils have done some wonderful projects, and I want to encourage that. That is why I authored a motion to allow neighborhood councils to “save up” their funding so that they can use it for more ambitious projects that benefit the public, as long as there is a proper and transparent review process. -Greig Smith Los Angeles city councilman Image problem My brother, visiting from Chicago, saw the headline “Phonies flocking to L.A” (May 15). Baffled, he commented, “This is news?” -Sylvia Alloway Granada Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!