MANNING CUP: KC in strong position for semi-final spot
Action from the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup quarter-final mgame between Kingston College and Bridgeport High at Prison Oval on Tuesday. KC won 3-0.
Title favourites Kingston College (KC) put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2017 ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football competition, by defeating Bridgeport High 3-0 on Match Day 2 of quarter-final action on Tuesday.
The game was the second match of a double-header at Prison Oval in Spanish Town.
The victory means that KC have moved to second place in Group H with four points from two games, two behind leaders and defending champions Jamaica College (JC), which earlier in the day became the first team to book a semi-final spot by defeating Calabar High 1-0 at the Constant Spring field.
Calabar are in third spot with a point from two games with Bridgeport High, bottom of the table, without a point and out of contention for a semi-final spot.
KC, which drew their opening game against Calabar High 1-1 last Saturday knew that only a win would enhance their chances of advancing to the semi finals.
They immediately put Bridgeport High under pressure.
The competition's leading striker Rashawn Mackison led KC with a double strike. Before Mackison got on the score sheet he received a chance in the 15th minute, but his drive from 25 yards went out of the park.
Bridgeport had little opportunity in the half, however they came close in the 29th minute when Warren Morrison fired over the top after a sloppy clearance from KC's captain Javain Brown.
The 'Purples' stepped up the intensity heading toward the half-time break, and their persistent play paid off in the 34th minute, when Mackison tapped in a right sided corner from Renato Campbell to put his team 1-0 up.
KC continued their dominance in the second half, and they picked up goal number two in the 61st minute when Campbell fired a low pile driver from some 20 yards out and into the back of the net.
The dejected Portmore team would have more misery piled on them in the dying moments as Mackison ran unto a through ball from Campbell to stab home his second goal and the third for KC.
Winning coach Ludlow Bernard praised his teams fighting spirit.
He said, “we needed a gutsy performance from the boys today and they responded admirable. I asked them for 120 percent today and they did just that”.
Losing coach Garnett Lawrence said injuries hampered his teams performance on the day.
Lawrence said, “it has been a difficult season for the team, we had a lot of injuries, which set us back, we still hope to finish strong as we have another game to play.”
KC and JC will face-off in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday to determine the winner of the group.
In the opening game at Prison Oval, a Group G fixture, former champions St George’s College and St Catherine High battled to a goalless stalemate.
And the two other teams in the group - Holy Trinity and St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), also battled to a goalless draw. That game was the second match of the double-header at the Constant Spring field.
Those results mean that the Group G is still wide open entering the final set of quarter-final matches on Saturday.
All of the four teams are on two points from two games with similar statistics.