The Star (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - MARC STAMP STAR Writer

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.


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