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KC hammer Ardenne 12-1

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In a totally one-sided encounter against an overmatched home team Kingston College (KC) strolled to a comfortable 12-1 away win over Ardenne High in their second game of this year's ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition yesterday, .

Two goals each from Fabian Grant, Davian Shakes, Ronald Robinson and substitute Shamar Bloomfield, along with strikes from Omar Thompson, Cody Smith, Caseem Priestly and an own goal, helped the “Purples” to boost their goal difference in a season where every goal scored will affect your rankings in the second round.

It took the Ludlow Bernard-coached team a mere 12 minutes to get on the scoresheet when Grant found the back of the net. Five minutes later, the big defender Shakes got the first of his two, when he headed home from a corner kick.

Omar Thompson, who was the first person to score for KC this season, got the third for his team in the 21st minute. Shakes thought he had made it 4-0 in the 28th minute, but his powerful header from another corner kick was redirected home by a defender and thus ruled an own goal. Shakes rounded out the first-half scoring, when he headed home once more, as KC went in 5-0 at the break.

The game had barely restarted when Grant got his second, and KC's sixth, in the 46th minute, but the one-way traffic was interrupted by Charles Tate, who scored a peach of a free kick from 23 yards in the 53rd minute to make it 6-1.

KC's response was almost immediate as Ronald Robinson fired home to make it 7-1 in the 56th minute. Bloomfield made it 8-1 in the 68th before Robinson made it 9-1 two minutes later.

Last season's Walker Cup champions never eased up the pressure, and Cody Smith got his name on the scoresheet with his first touch a minute after entering the field of play. Priestly got his goal in the 80th minute — the softest one conceded by the Ardenne custodian Ossain Martinez all afternoon. Bloomfield then rounded out the scoring two minutes from time as KC increased their season's tally to 18-1 after just 180 minutes of football.

Bernard was no doubt pleased with the result. “I am pleased with the effort and pleased with not only the scoreline but sticking to the game plan. We had some specifics for some individuals and they really tried their best today to execute. One thing of significance that we were stressing on was the corners and I think we had some excellent corners and I think we scored three of the goals from corners.”

Meanwhile, Ardenne's coach, Harold Thomas, admitted that his team was out of their depth.

“The results speaks to where we are in our development. Our development track is way below KC. We have players here who are playing the game for the first time. It's going to take time, with a continuous programme.”

KC will next play Norman Manley, while Ardenne will face Spanish Town High on Friday.

— Dwayne Richards