Past players from the Manning Cup, Jamaica’s premier schoolboy soccer championship, braved the threat of Hurricane Irma and turned back the years at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill.
One day before the Category 5 hurricane struck South Florida, past players from Campion College and Wolmer’s Boys High School showed they still had some touch in two matches.
In the first match, between players over 35, Wolmer’s defeated an All-Stars team 4-2. Dusean Grant (10th and 25th minutes), Kadrick Parker (50th minute) and K Yush (62nd minute) scored for the winners.
Rohan Whitmore in the 15th and Kwami Hylton after 58 minutes, netted for the All-Stars.
In the feature, between the Over-45s, Wolmer’s beat Campion 2-1. Kavan Kelly gave Campion the lead in the 82nd minute. Ruel Richards equalized in the 87th minute, with the winning goal coming from a 90th-minute penalty by Sheldon Lawrence.
Winners of the second match took the Age Quod Agis Cup which was being contested for the second time. Campion won the inaugural match last year 6-2.
Andre Gray is president of the Age Quod Agis Sports Alumni Association, which represents Wolmer’s in South Florida. He said the competition is used to raise funds for their alma mater’s Pepsi and Colts soccer teams. Wolmer’s is one of Jamaica’s oldest and more respected high schools.
Interestingly, the Over-45 Wolmer’s team comprised players who were members of the school’s winning Colts (Under-16) team from 1986. They went on to play in the Manning Cup.