KC, JC fi­nal!

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

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.

PA­TRICK PLANTER/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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.

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