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.”


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.

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