KC cap­ture Walker Cup

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON COL­LEGE’S (KC) 16year wait for a ma­jor school­boy foot­ball tro­phy ended at the Na­tional Sta­dium yes­ter­day when goals from Fabian Grant and An­dré McCathy saw them to a 2-0 win over ri­vals Ja­maica Col­lege (JC) in the fi­nal of the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup.

Coach Lud­low Bernard, who was win­ning his third Walker Cup ti­tle in four sea­sons (two at Wolmer’s Boys), said de­spite miss­ing out on the Man­ning Cup, he was pleased to have the North Street school win­ning tro­phies again after more than a decade with­out suc­cess and he said the play­ers de­served all the praise.

“I am glad for the play­ers. They are the ones who re­ally wanted this, and they came out and worked hard and ex­e­cuted,” he told The Gleaner. “It’s good to have a tro­phy back at KC for the first time in 16 years ... and a lot of peo­ple need to be re­minded of that,” he added.

Grant stunned the JC sup­port when he fired the ‘Pur­ples’ ahead just 30 sec­onds, beat­ing Ko­jay John­son in goal with a scorcher, which flew into the top cor­ner from 20 me­tres.

INNACURATE BALLS

JC con­trolled the first half but were let down by in­ac­cu­rate fi­nal balls from open play and from set pieces. Th­ese were un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally off tar­get by some dis­tance, this in con­trast to their op­po­nents, who looked vi­brant and up for the chal­lenge through­out the con­test.

The Hope Road-based JC started the sec­ond pe­riod brightly but soon fell be­hind, when McCathy dou­bled KC’s lead with an­other stun­ner. Nine min­utes into the half, the big Jer­maine Brown (left), spon­sor­ship & events man­ager at WISYNCO Group Mar­ket­ing De­part­ment; and Carlo Red­wood (sec­ond left), VP mar­ket­ing & TV at FLOW; cel­e­brat­ing with Kingston Col­lege’s play­ers at the Na­tional Sat­dium yes­ter­day after they blanked Ja­maica Col­lege 2-0 to win the 2016 Walker Cup KO tro­phy. Also pic­tured are pres­i­dent of ISSA Dr Wal­ton Small (third right, par­tially hidden); Shanakay Maragh (sec­ond right), Bigga mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive; and As­ton Mes­sam (right), chair­man of the Man­ning Cup com­mit­tee.

striker re­ceived the ball with his back to goal and with no im­me­di­ate dan­ger in sight, spun, and un­leashed a left-foot drive which John­son could only help into the goal. Min­utes later, he forced John­son into an­other des­per­ate save from a free-kick.

JC kept their heads up and con­tin­ued to hunt a goal, but KC were well or­gan­ised and

kept them out for most of the game. How­ever, in the last ten min­utes, Duhaney Williams had two greats chances, but he failed to beat Jah­vanni Grant from in­side the area with eight min­utes to go. Then in the fi­nal mo­ments, he crashed a su­perb vol­ley against the post and across the face of the goal and out.

Although the Walker Cup

con­tin­ues to elude coach Miguel Co­ley, he lauded the ef­forts of his play­ers.

“The first goal re­ally stunned us ... and we gave away two soft goals. It was dis­ap­point­ing, but they got chances, and we got chances, but we didn’t stop play­ing,” he said.

Earlier, in the un­der-14 fi­nal, Tivoli Gar­dens de­feated Kingston Col­lege 1-0.

JER­MAINE BARNABY/FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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