KINGSTON College (KC) got their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Gatorade/Digicel Manning Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 7-0 thumping of an inexperienced-looking Meadowbrook High team in Group G action at North Street yesterday.
Lanky attacker Rasheed Dawkins, who tormented the Meadowbrook defenders throughout the 90 minutes of play, starred with three well-taken goals in the fifth, 50th and 72nd minute.
Substitute Owayne Stone netted in the 82nd and 88th, while Shamala Anderson (1st minute) and Dorvil Jackson (19th minute) scored the other goals for the Donovan Hayles-conditioned team.
Despite leading 3-0 at the interval and going on to score another four goals in the second half, KC's assistant coach Barry Brown said there is plenty room for improvement.
"We scored seven goals and that's always good but I'm not fully satisfied. We never played as well as we can. I think defensively we were not sharp as I'd like. We need to do better at closing out the opponents," he said.
Douglas Clarke, an assistant coach at Meadowbrook, said that though the team is young, he expected more focus and resilience against the rampant home team.
"We (the coaches) are very disappointed with what we saw. Yes, it is a young team but we can do better and we've seen these players do better. We started badly with conceding the three early goals. The start of the second half wasn't too bad and then it fell apart late on," he said.
In the other Group G match, St Andrew Technical were held to a 1-1 scoreline by Pembroke Hall. In Group A, Norman Manley breezed by Greater Portmore, 6-1, at Maxfield Park.
In Group D, 2006 winners Bridgeport blanked Haile Selassie, 6-0, while former champions Tivoli Gardens faltered 0-1 to visitors Innswood High.