LAST YEAR'S Wolmer's Manning Cup soccer star, Richard Davy, turned in a sparkling performance for Howard University in their 2-1 victory over Davis and Elkins University, on September 16 at the Howard Stadium.
The match marked the opening of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships, which was won last year by Howard University.
Four former Manning Cup stars saw action. Along with Davy were Keith Tulloch, captain of Wollmer's team last year, Mario McLennon who skippered Kingston College's team and Excelsior's Bertram Beckett. A fifth player, Vere Technical's Maurice Blair, has not yet been admitted to Howard. He will take an entrance examination later this month.
All four players, who earned scholarships to the school following their showing against Howard University at the National Stadium last November played well.
Of the foursome, Davy was the only player, who played throughout the 80-minute encounter. McLennon saw only 20 minutes' action.
But it was Davy, and to a lesser degree Tulloch, who had the Howard fans cheering wildly. Following an 18th minute blunder by Beckett, resulting in a corner from which Davis and Elkins' Rudy Eppright netted, Davy erupted.
Collecting a pass from Tulloch, Davy went on a sizzling solo run. Deftly shifting two defenders, he relayed an aerial pass from the right wing for Trinidad's Alvin Henderson to 'climb' and nod home.
Davy and Tulloch, harassed the Virginian team's defence, hammering the woodwork with shots. It was from constant pressure that a defender handled the ball two minutes from the interval, in the penalty area. Henderson converted the penalty.
With second half 20 minutes old McLennon came on, and the Jamaican students went wild with cheering, as the quartet co-ordinated harmoniously, giving Davis and Elkins no respite.
After the match coach Lincoln Phillips said he was impressed with Davy and Tulloch. "Beckett is improving," he said, '"but McLennon will have to adapt his play to my technique. He (McLennon) plays a type of game that is suited for a big field."