LAST year's ISSA/LIME Manning Cup semi-finalists, Kingston College, launched their 2013 season with a blistering 6-1 win against Penwood High at Cling Cling Oval yesterday.
But even before they became acclimatised to the uneven surface, the North Street boys fell behind from a sucker punch from the home team after mid-fielder Akeem Tyrell put them ahead in the 16th minute.
Embarrassed by falling behind in their opening game, KC quickly put the aberration behind and adapted to the available conditions and 18 minutes later drew level from the boot of Jazeel Thompson.
This served to open the floodgates for further strikes as Savian Maxwell made it 2-1 in minute 39, and just before the break, Thompson rose above the hapless Penwood defence to push them into an abyss from which they never recovered as they went to the break 3-1 down.
The multiple Manning Cup winners returned for the second session even more pent-up and lashed in three more goals from Romar Beckford in the 51st minute, Kyle Smith 59th with Rasheed Dawkins coming in as a second half sub to complete the pillage with a goal nine minutes from time.
KC's Donovan Hayles was buoyed by his team's "ability to adapt to the conditions" and to come away winners after "feeling their way around on a difficult surface".
His opposite number Rupert Nicholas was encouraged by his team's first 20 minutes that produced the lead goal.
"We did play well for the first 20 minutes and that was encouraging, but as the game went on we fell away. It is a very young team and I expect as we go along we will improve as there is work in progress to achieve better," he said.
Meanwhile, defending champion St George's College registered the biggest margin of victory with an 8-1 hammering of Oberlin High and jumped to the top of Group D on goal difference with four points.
Camperdown also moved to four points with a comfortable 3-0 whipping of Donald Quarrie at the Bellevue Field.
Charlie Smith and Vauxhall High battled to a 1-1 draw and are also on four points in a closely knitted group.
Chevaughn Edwards scored for Charlie Smith in the 45th minute when turned in a save from the goalie, while captain Odane Williams equalised for Vauxhall in the 70th minute with a powerful angled drive.
At Heroes Circle, Wolmer's Boys made it two from two in impressive fashion trouncing Papine High 6-0 and are on top of Group C with a maximum six points.
Denham Town moved second also on six points following their 4-1 win over Kingston Technical.
St Catherine High........2
Kingston Technical .....1
Oberlin High.....1, St George's....8
Camperdown....3, Donald Quarrie.....0
Vauxhall High....1, Charlie Smith....1
Eltham High....1, Greater Portmore....1
Edith Dalton James vs Jonathan Grant
Calabar vs Ascot
Waterford vs Haile Selassie
Cumberland vs St Jago
Jamaica College vs St Andrew College
Bridgeport vs Jose Marti
Ardenne vs Tivoli Gardens
Holy Trnity vs Innswood
Meadowbrook vs St Mary's College
Trench Town vs Campion College