KC cop junior football titlesTuesday, December 08, 2015
By Howard Walker Observer senior reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingston College (KC) swept both the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Associations (ISSA) urban Under-14 and Under-16 titles with identical 2-1 wins over Camperdown High and Bridgeport High, respectively, at the Constant Spring field yesterday.
In the curtain-raiser, played over 70 minutes, goals by outstanding Dwayne ‘Busy’ Atkinson (36th) and Davian Williams (47th) propelled KC to their third consecutive Under-14 crown.
Wayne Henry had pulled Camperdown level in the 39th minute in what turned out to be the only goal KC conceded in the tournament. The ‘Purples’ banged in 38 goals from nine games.
KC opened the scoring in the 36th minute courtesy of the outstanding Atkinson who latched onto a through ball and curled a beautiful right-footer into the far corner.
Camperdown responded three minutes later as Wayne Henry fired home from just outside the box in the 39th minute. But KC would not be denied as Davian Williams headed home from a corner kick in the 47th minute.
In the feature encounter, the boys from North Street completed a wonderful double, dethroning Bridgeport High 2-1 and ending a 20-year drought at the Under-16 level. KC last won the title in 1995.
Jahmal Pusey netted twice for KC in the 44th and 61st minutes with two well-taken goals putting KC well on their way to victory. But Romario McPherson scored arguably the goal of the day with a powerful left-footer in the 77th minute that gave Bridgeport some hope late on. Winning coach Raymond Watson, who coached both KC Under-14 and Under-16 teams, was excited about the unique double.
“We were technically better and were more confident in winning the game,” said Watson.
KC, who have not won the Manning Cup since 1986 and the Walker Cup since 2000, are yearning for a senior title and Watson believes the groundwork has been laid.
“I will leave everything in the hands of Ludlow Bernard. I think we have a good Manning Cup coach, we have a good system at the bottom and the future looks great,” he added.