Friday 23 October, 2020

KC stop Clarendon College to win a second Champions Cup title

Kingston College players, officials and supporters celebrate with the all-island ISSA Champions Cup after defeating Clarendon College 1-0 in the final at the National Stadium on Saturday, November 23, 2019.  (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Kingston College players, officials and supporters celebrate with the all-island ISSA Champions Cup after defeating Clarendon College 1-0 in the final at the National Stadium on Saturday, November 23, 2019. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Kingston College (KC) scored a 1-0 victory over Clarendon College in the final of the 2019 ISSA all-island Champions Cup at the National Stadium on Saturday night to become the first double winner of the competition.

The North Street-based school first won the competition in 2017, when it was called the Super Cup, by scoring an emphatic 3-0 victory over St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), four days after they were knocked out in the semi-finals of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition by St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS)

And Saturday night was a similar story as KC again won the Champions Cup after they were booted out of the Manning Cup at the semi-final stage, this by Jamaica College 5-4 on penalties, three days ago.

Ronaldo Robinson handed KC the victory with a brilliant goal in the 63rd minute. He left a pair of defenders for dead then turned and curled a wicked left-footed shot into the top of the goal as KC defended their unbeaten record in open play this season.

The North Street-based school is the only team this season that has not lost a game during regulation time as its only defeat that came last Wednesday against JC  in the Manning Cup semi-finals was during the penalty shootout after the teams battled to a 1-1 draw.

KC's record across the Manning Cup and Champions Cup comprises 18 victories one defeat and draw from 20 games. 

The night truly belonged to KC as they dominated Clarendon College for a large period of the game and should have won by a bigger margin.

During the first half, KC received numerous opportunities to take the lead. Robinson and captain Rajiv Gavin were presented with the easiest chances to put the Ludlow Bernard-coached team ahead.

KC, Clarendon College in Champions Cup showdown

KC, Clarendon College in Champions Cup showdown

Robinson was set up by Christopher Pearson in the 30th minute and the striker stabbed a ball out of goalkeeper Prince-Daniel Smith's reach, which hit the inside of the upright post.

Gavin was presented with a good chance just outside the six-yard box and with the goal at his mercy, the centre forward booted over the crossbar on the stroke of halftime.

The defeat was the first for Clarendon College this season. The Lenworth Hyde-coached, which was searching for its first Champions Cup, will now turn its attention to next Saturday's daCosta Cup final against Dinthill Technical. Clarendon College are the defending daCosta Cup champions.

Along with the championship title, KC were presented with a symbolic cheque for $400,000 to help towards the school's sport program.

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