JC, KC to contest ISSA/FRESHHH Urban Area Under-14 football final

Monday, December 11, 2017

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Kingston College (KC) will battle rivals Jamaica College (JC) in the final of the ISSA/FRESHHH Urban Area Under-14 football competition after scoring comfortable 3-0 and 5-0 wins over St Catherine High and Hydel High, respectively, at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Friday.

In the opening game at the venue, KC were spurred on by a hat-trick from striker Nishawn Richardson as they made light work of an over-matched St Catherine High team. Richardson opened the scoring after only 14 minutes and added to his team's lead just six minutes later, as the “Famed Purples” led 2-0 at the break.

KC, who began the game with the intention of making it to their fifth straight final, were never seriously troubled at the back by St Catherine and Richardson completed the scoring in the contest in the 51st minute.

KC won the competition three years in a row, before losing to Tivoli Gardens High in the final last year, and will now be seeking their fourth hold in their fifth consecutive final.

“The St Catherine coach is a very tactical coach, however I knew we had the technically better players and I worked out the game plan. I spoke about it with the players in the changing room and I must say congratulations to them,” said a pleased Raymond Watson.

“It is basically the first time throughout the entire season that they have executed the game plan to a “T”, exactly how I planned it. We worked from the flanks and defensively we were ok. Offensively you know the youngsters will always miss a few goals, but they put away a few and I am very proud of them,” said Watson, who has been at the helm during this period of success at KC.

JC ensured that there would be the highly anticipated “dream final” when they comprehensively dispatched Hydel High on the back of a brace from Thyiem Shaw, a brace from Atario Brown and one from captain Duncan McKenzie, in the day's second one-sided contest.

It took Shaw only five minutes to find the opening goal when he scored with a lofted effort from 30 yards out. Shaw got his second nine minutes before half-time when he reacted quickest to a ball dropped by the St Catherine goalkeeper inside the box from a corner kick. He had the simple task of nudging home from almost on the goalline to make it 2-0 at the break.

Five minutes after the restart Brown lashed home from inside the box to make it 3-0, before adding to Hydel's woes when he made it 4-0 in the 52nd minute. JC skipper Duncan McKenzie put the icing on the cake with the best strike of the match two minutes from time. He drove home with his weaker right foot from about 24 yards to leave the Hydel goalkeeper flapping at the breeze.

“Today the gameplan was high press, as the opponents get the football we high-pressed them, but in the game we didn't play to our true potential, we can do much better. I don't know if it's nerves or what, but as a team we know that we can do better,” said coach Wayne Palmer.

“We are heading to the final now and we are going to take it one step at a time. We played them (Kingston College) last year and they beat us in the semi-finals. We hope for a much better game this year and a more physical game this year. Last year they were bigger than my players, but this year I think it's going to be much closer,” Palmer concluded.

— Dwayne Richards

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