KC, JC final!
Goalscorer Williams predicts victory for ‘Dark Blues’
TWO WELL-STRUCK goals in both halves of Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Walker Cup knock-out competition by forward Duhaney Williams led Jamaica College (JC) to a fighting 2-0 win over underdogs Haile Selassie High at the Constant Spring playing field yesterday.
The ‘Dark Blues’ will play Kingston College (KC) in what is expected to be a blockbuster final, scheduled for November 26.
Meanwhile, KC prevailed 1-0 over Bridgeport High courtesy of a Rashawn Mackison penalty in the 30th minute on Tuesday. The game was called off at halftime due to torrential rain and the secondhalf resumed yesterday at the same venue.
The experience and depth of the reigning Manning Cup champions, JC, was too much for Haile Selassie, who were forced to defend stoutly and play the ball out of their half most of the game.
Goalscorer Williams, a mix of skilful dribbling and clinical passing, netted a powerful 25-yard strike from direct play in the 14th minute. He finished his brace in the 60th, pouncing on a rebound and spanking home from close range, after the Haile Selassie’s goalkeeper failed to collect the ball cleanly.
Williams has netted three Walker Cup goals in two games and seven this season. He is ready for KC.
“It feels very good to score and better to help my team reach the Walker Cup final,” he said in a post game interview.
“We are the real blue, Jamaica College, and yes we can beat KC. We wanted to face KC,” he stressed. “A good team has to play strong teams and win.”
CONFIDENT OF WIN
When asked who the favourites for the final are, Williams told The Gleaner: “We (JC) will win. We can give KC probably 2-0.”
According to Williams, JC “didn’t want to play any weak team in the final”.
Coach Miguel Coley said his team was able to grow throughout the game and get the result they wanted.
“We were solid defensively and we looked like a championship team, Congrats to KC, it will be a good game, the tradition is very deep and this is the hallmark of schoolboy football,” said Coley. Haile Selassie’s coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, refused to give a post match interview after claiming interference by “coaches in the team all of a sudden”, noting that they wanted to take charge with the team in the semi-final.
Bridgeport High School’s Ronaldo Banks (left) tries to shake off Kingston College’s Omar Thompson as they battle for the ball during the ISSA/FLOW Walker Cup KO semi-final at Constant Spring playing field. KC won 1-0.