KC hunts ti­tle sweep

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON COL­LEGE (KC) coach Lud­low Bernard says that de­spite a 1-1 draw against St An­drew Tech­ni­cal High (STATHS) in the Man­ning Cup com­pe­ti­tion last Wed­nes­day, the fo­cus re­mains on a sweep of school­boy ti­tles this sea­son.

The North Street-based KC are favoured to win their first Man­ning Cup ti­tle in three decades. They last won the ti­tle in 1986 and ex­pec­ta­tions are very high for this year’s team.

KC are in line for an­other Walker Cup ti­tle as they are in the ISSA/FLOW knock­out com­pe­ti­tion fi­nal against Ja­maica Col­lege sched­uled for Novem­ber 26. KC’s last hold on that ti­tle was in 2000.

The KC team is also on course for a first hold on the pres­ti­gious FLOW Su­per Cup, which is in its third year. KC will face Wolmer’s in a quar­ter­fi­nal match to­day at Sabina Park in Kingston, start­ing at 7 p.m.

With KC be­ing the only Man­ning Cup team that can win all four ti­tles at stake, coach Lud­low Bernard ad­mit­ted that the pres­sure is mount­ing.

“The pres­sure is al­ways go­ing to be there. We have risen to the mo­ment and are un­beaten in 14 games in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son,” Bernard, who


The Gleaner is a KC past stu­dent, told yes­ter­day.

“We have to be pre­pared as the team played 14 games in 42 days. We have to keep the play­ers fo­cused as it is down to the start­ing eleven and about three other play­ers on the bench,” he shared about his squad of young play­ers.

Look­ing back at the game against STATHS three days ago at Con­stant Spring Sports Com­plex, Bernard said he tried some play­ers and was not sat­is­fied with their per­for­mances.

“The re­sult against STATHS was dis­ap­point­ing as we used some play­ers who we put in for the first time. How­ever, the reg­u­lar play­ers showed ma­tu­rity and we came back and earned a point. I am re­liant on some se­nior play­ers to take us through,” he said.

One of those play­ers is mid­fielder Rashawn Mack­i­son, who has scored 21 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions.

“Rashawn is stretched phys­i­cally be­cause he has played in all 14 games this sea­son and sub­sti­tuted in six of them,” he pointed out about the mid­fielder who has done the bulk of the scor­ing for KC.

Look­ing to the Su­per Cup game tonight against Wolmer’s, who they elim­i­nated dur­ing the Walker Cup quar­ter-fi­nal, Bernard said: “We ex­pect Wolmer’s to be com­ing for re­venge.”

“The vibe in our camp is high but one of tremen­dous anx­i­ety among the sup­port­ers. They are hun­gry for suc­cess,” he pointed out.

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