KC EYE TROPHY SWEEP
Kingston College’s coach, Ludlow Bernard, says that despite a 1-1 draw against St Andrew Technical High 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 have already reached the November 26 ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup final, where they will face Jamaica College. 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 quarter-final match today at Sabina Park in Kingston, starting at 7 p.m.
With KC now the only Manning Cup team that can win four titles (this includes the Olivier Shield), Bernard has 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 is a KC past student, told STAR Sports 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 Complex, Bernard said he tried some players and was not satisfied with their performance.
“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 FLOW Super Cup game against Wolmer’s tonight, Bernard said: “We expect that Wolmer’s will be coming for revenge but the vibe in our camp is high. They are hungry for success.”
KC defeated Wolmer’s in the Walker Cup at the quarter-final stage after the teams went to a penalty shoot-out.
Kingston College’s Rashaun Mackison (centre) shields the ball from Wolmer’s defender Nickashe Murray in their Walker Cup KO match at the Constant Spring field on October 14. Kingston College won the game 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 regulation-time draw.
Trayvon Reid scored a hat-trick for Kingston College in a 7-0 win over Norman Manley High at the National Stadium on September 24.