KC stun Wolmer’s in penalty shootout

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON COL­LEGE goal­keeper Jah­vanni Grant came up trumps with three saves as the North Street-based school came from be­hind in a penalty shootout to stun de­fend­ing cham­pion Wolmer’s 4-3 af­ter the teams bat­tled to a pul­sat­ing 2-2 draw in an ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup quar­ter-fi­nal at the Con­stant Spring field yes­ter­day.

Alphonso Gooden fired Wolmer’s in front against the run­ner-of-play in the 16th minute, but the North Street school equalised through Rashawn Mack­i­son five min­utes later and then went in front af­ter 60 min­utes cour­tesy of Omar Thomp­son’s de­flected strike.

But Ri­valdo English sent the game into ex­tra time when he cap­i­talised on an er­ror from Grant to put the ball into an empty net.

GOALS GALORE

In the shootout, KC missed their first two kicks, while Wolmer’s net­ted theirs. But af­ter KC scored their next two, Grant stopped two straight kicks and then in sud­den death, he saved a penalty from op­pos­ing goal­keeper, Jemi­son, to clinch the win.

Both coaches be­lieved Grant made the dif­fer­ence.

“I know Jah­vanni (Grant) from pre­vi­ous school (Wolmer’s), I know he is a good shot-stop­per when it Kingston Col­lege’s Rashaun Mack­i­son (cen­tre) shields the ball from Wolmer’s de­fender Nick­ashe Mur­ray in their Walker Cup KO match at the Con­stant Spring field yes­ter­day. Kingston Col­lege won the game 4-3 on penal­ties af­ter a 2-2 reg­u­la­tion time draw.

comes to penal­ties. I needed the first save from him and that would have boosted his con­fi­dence. When I saw Jemi­son step up, I said: Why is Jemi­son tak­ing a penalty when Jah­vanni knows ev­ery­thing about him as

both were once to­gether at Wolmer’s? Right there, I knew he would have stopped it,” Lud­low Bernard the KC coach said.

Wolmer’s coach, Vas­sell Reynolds, also thought Grant’s

knowl­edge of his former team­mates played a big role in the shoot-out.

“The KC ‘keeper’ knew my play­ers, and I think that ended up mak­ing a big dif­fer­ence,” he said.

RICARDO MAKYN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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