JC, KC march on

Sunday, October 21, 2018

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Defending champions Jamaica College (JC) and former champions Kingston College (KC) completed routine victories over Calabar High and Cumberland High, respectively, to advance to the quarter-final round of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition yesterday at Stadium East Field.

JC won 2-0 on the day and 5-0 on aggregate, while KC won 6-1 on the day and 9-2 on aggregate.

JC led Calabar 3-0 after the first leg and were never in any danger of surrendering their advantage against their overmatched opponents. A second-half brace from Saqualin Waul after a lacklustre first from the “True Blues” saw the champions cruise to a 5-0 aggregate win.

Saqlain Waul was introduced early in the second half and immediately made an impression with his movement off the ball. He was rewarded for his endeavour when he shot through a crowd of players from inside the box to make it 1-0 in the 69th minute.

Waul then got his second in the 75th when he swept home from a good team build-up, as JC dropped the hammer on their opponents.

Save for the width of the post it could have been 4-0 to JC on the day as they twice hit the woodwork after going 2-0 up.

JC coach Andrew Peart was understanding of the below par effort from his boys, based on the circumstances.

“We made some work of the whole situation. I guess when you are leading 3-0 and they know the quality of the opponents they pretty much started pretty slowly. The next thing is the 1:00 pm sun is not the easiest for the guys to play, in but I believe throughout the game we managed to keep control.”

Meanwhile, KC, who had a less-than-convincing performance against Cumberland High despite the 3-1 win in the first leg, produced a much better second-leg display as they registered their 12th-consecutive win of the season.

Renato Campbell opened the scoring for KC when he squeezed a shot home at the far post in the 16th minute. The Cumberland goalkeeper, Joshua Clarke should have done better.

Dwayne Atkinson then made it 2-0 when he headed home a Trayvone Reid cross from the left in the 27th minute. Reid got in on the act when he lobbed Clarke to make it 3-0 a minute before the interval.

Jhevante Grant pulled one back for Cumberland from the penalty spot a minute later after Chadeem Rodrigues was adjudged to have fouled a Cumberland player in the box.

The second half belonged to KC super-sub Aryamanya Rodgers. Shortly after coming on he shot past Grant to make it 4-1 in the 68th minute. He then stunned the crowd with a peach of a free kick from 35 yards in the 77th. The well-struck effort beat Clarke all ends up as it rocketed into the roof of the net.

Atkinson then rounded out the scoring when he slotted home his second and the team's sixth 11 minutes from time.

KC Head Coach Ludlow Bernard was left fuming about the penalty decision given against his team despite the wide margin of victory.

“That was not a penalty. No contact was made so all it does is let the result look a lot less glamorous, but anyway it was a quality performance this evening,” he declared.

— Dwayne Richards

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