JC, KC clash in Walker Cup fi­nal

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

JA­MAICA COL­LEGE (JC), fresh from gain­ing a fourth con­sec­u­tive lien on the cov­eted Man­ning Cup, will be aim­ing to com­plete a Cor­po­rate Area dou­ble this af­ter­noon when they face Kingston Col­lege (KC) in the ISSAFLOW Walker Cup fi­nal at the Na­tional Sta­dium. Kick off time is 5 p.m.

The his­tory of the Walker Cup shows that the school from Hope Road has only won the Walker Cup on just two oc­ca­sions since it was first played for in 1961. KC, on the other hand, have lifted the Cup eight times. Only St Ge­orge’s Col­lege, with nine liens, have a bet­ter record.

While he has been very suc­cess­ful in the Man­ning Cup, JC’s coach, Miguel Co­ley, has not won the Walker Cup and he will, no doubt, want to add an­other cup to the school’s tro­phy cab­i­net.

“JC are con­fi­dent, but not overly con­fi­dent. The work has been done, and it is just for the young men to go out and ex­e­cute,” JC’s man­ager Ian Forbes told The Gleaner.

Forbes, while main­tain­ing re­spect for their old ri­vals, as­sured all that his play­ers “want to win”.

STRONG CHAL­LENGE

“They have a very rich his­tory and tra­di­tion, and it’s al­ways a humdinger when both teams play, so we are ex­pect­ing a strong chal­lenge from KC, but as I said, we are con­fi­dent in our abil­i­ties, and we ex­pect to go out and do well,” Forbes said.

While JC’s Co­ley is yet to win the Walker Cup, KC’s coach, Lud­low Bernard, has won it twice, in 2012 and 2013, at Wolmer’s Boys.

He wants his charges to go all the way, hav­ing al­ready ousted last sea­son’s cham­pi­ons, Wolmer’s Boys.

“I re­ally ex­pect the mem­bers of the team to give a good ac­count of them­selves. Th­ese are two com­pet­i­tive ball-play­ing teams. Both have faults within their ranks, and I think it’s just go­ing to be a mat­ter of who ex­ploits each other’s weak­nesses more,” he as­sessed. KC’s top marks­man, Rashawn Mack­i­son. KC’s coach, Lud­low Bernard.

Bernard said his play­ers have got over their 3-0 Man­ning Cup semi-fi­nal loss to Wolmer’s and are ready for to­day’s game.

“The play­ers are very up­beat. They see it as an op­por­tu­nity to JC’s coach, Miguel Co­ley.

se­cure a piece of sil­ver­ware for the team,” stressed Bernard.

JC will ex­pect top-level per­for­mances from key play­ers Tyreke Magee, Donovan Dawkins – a man for the big oc­ca­sion, and the lead­ing scorer in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion with three goals, cap­tain Oquin Robin­son and Ron­aldo Brown.

KC will look to to goalscorer Rashaun Mack­i­son, Trayvon Reid and de­fender Ja­vian Brown, the team’s cap­tain.

Both teams recorded con­trast­ing re­sults en route to to­day’s de­cider.

JC net­ted five goals, and con­ceded none. They beat Holy Trin­ity 3-0 and Haile Se­lassie 2-0.

KC clipped Wolmer’s 4-3 on penal­ties after a 2-2 full and ex­tra-time score­line and had a 1-0 win over Bridge­port.

The ISSA-FLOW Ur­ban Un­der-14 fi­nal be­tween reign­ing cham­pi­ons KC and Tivoli High will pre­cede the Walker Cup fi­nal. It’s set to kick off at 3 p.m. Ja­maica Col­lege’s Tyreek Magee (right).

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