KC clip Calabar in Wagga Hunt Football Classic

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Kingston College (KC) got the better of arch-rival Calabar High 1-0 at the 10th staging of the David “Wagga” Hunt Football Classic on Saturday just one day after finishing 5th in the Silvera Castro Cup at St Andrew Technical High.

KC owed their win to a late strike from Jahvon James who came off the bench to earn the team from North Street the win.

Earlier in the day, Pelicans FC beat the Jamaica Nationals 5-2 to win the Bagga Haughton Trophy while the KSAFA Invitational defeated the Meadhaven Invitational 3-2 to lift the Winston Chung-Fah Trophy.

The feature game was a close and physically encounter, similar to the Manning Cup quarter-final last year. Both teams played with what could be considered second string teams but what the game may have lacked in quality, was made up for in intensity as both sets of players went after the win.

Kingston College bossed possession with Calabar playing on the counter for most of the game. KC created a few half chances in the first half, but solid rear guard action from the Calabar defence and good goalkeeping from the Calabar custodian ensured that the score remained 0-0 at the interval.

It was more of the same in the second half with KC seeming the more likely to score. Trayvone Reid had a glorious chance to score but took too many touches before shooting wide from an acute angle.

The game did appear to be heading to a stalemate before James popped up at the back post to slot home with less than ten minutes to play.

The patron for this year's staging was Winston “Chungie” Chung-Fah, the founder of Jamaica's Santos Football Club and a long-serving stalwart in Jamaica's football.

Two men who have served Jamaica's football in the KSAFA Federation for decades were also honoured. Carlton “Spanna” Dennis who has been at the helm of Santos for a number of years and former KSAFA president, Ambassador Stewart Stephenson were both given pennants to mark the occasion.

The Wagga Hunt Football Classic is more than just about football however, as it serves to provide scholarships to boys from both Calabar and Kingston College. This year four boys from grade eight, two from each school, will receive scholarships to the tune of $100,000 per year that will last throughout their life at the schools.

The first scholarship winners were Jevaughn Faulder of Calabar and Miguel Morrison of Kingston College.

—Dwayne Richards

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