KC, Wolmer’s in Walker Cup show­down

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON COL­LEGE and Wolmer’s Boys will meet in a mega clash as the quar­ter-fi­nals of the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup knock­out com­pe­ti­tion kick off to­day at the Con­stant Spring Com­plex in St An­drew. The KCWolmer’s en­counter, the fea­ture match of a dou­ble-header, is set to start at 3 p.m. In the cur­tain-raiser at 1 p.m., Bridge­port High will op­pose Den­ham Town High. School­boy foot­ball fans can ex­pect a ev­ery ex­cit­ing con­test in the fea­ture match. Both teams were very im­pres­sive dur­ing the Man­ning Cup pre­lim­i­nary stage that served as a qual­i­fier for the Walker Cup. Wolmer’s fin­ished Group F with a per­fect 10 wins from 10 matches record, scor­ing 36 goals and con­ced­ing just once. KC won nine games and drew the other play­ing to­tal foot­ball. We have about seven play­ers who have been scor­ing, and that is good for the team,” he added. “The KC team has been pro­lific, but there is not much be­tween both teams.”

Wolmer’s will rely heav­ily on Al­phanso Gooden, Ri­valdo English, Mickel Gra­ham and Xavion Cross­dale to take con­trol and limit the free-scor­ing KC. KC’s head coach, Lud­low Bernard, knows Wolmer’s very well. He spent three sea­sons at the Heroes Cir­cle­based school and he is pre­dict­ing a good game for the spec­ta­tors.

“It is go­ing to be a good game for spec­ta­tors as both teams are very at­tack­ing,” Bernard pointed out.

“We have many goalscor­ers on the team be­cause of our sys­tem of play. Any­body can end up in front of goal. It will come down to the bet­ter de­fen­sive team on the day,” he added.

KC’s strong at­tack­ing force will be led by Rashawn Mack­i­son, who is the Man­ning Cup’s lead­ing scorer on 18 goals. Mack­i­son should get good sup­port from Trayvone Reid, Ron­aldo Robin­son and Fabian Grant.

The first game should also be a close and ex­cit­ing af­fair.

Bridge­port, the win­ners of Man­ning Cup Group G, are given the edge over Den­ham Town, who ad­vanced as the best se­cond-placed team from the seven groups. The Port­more-based Bridge­port scored 18 goals and con­ceded five, while Den­ham Town, in fin­ish­ing run­ners-up to KC in Group C, also net­ted 18 times and had four goals against.

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