New Kingston honour pledge to advance in Magnum KSAFA Major League
After being eliminated at the quarter-final stage last season, New Kingston FC made a pledge that it would not happen this year in the Magnum KSAFA Major League football competition.
True to their word, they achieved that task with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Shortwood United FC, to advance to the semi-finals, after New Kingston’s goalkeeper, Romario Bryan, saved the fifth penalty, then took up the ball and confidently buried it past his opposite number.
Penalties, the much-dreaded decider, were required following an enthralling 2-2 tie through regulation play and extra-time.
“Last year we went to the quarter-final and turn back, but this year we set a goal (and said) we’ve to move from the quarter-finals then to the semis, then to the Super League,” said New Kingston FC’s head coach, Richard Bryan.
The penalty shoot-out would have been even more enduring for New Kingston, as they had squandered a two-goal first-half lead through goals scored by Raffique Bryan and Daniel Brown.
However, Odane Jack and Melvin Bryan struck back to level the tie for Shortwood and extend the contest to penalties.
“This game was a ding dong battle. We played them twice and we also had two practice matches. Coming to play this Shortwood team we knew it wouldn’t be an easy task, because they were going to come at us,” Bryan further said.
Shortwood United were actually undone by poor finishing towards the back-end of the game, plus a sluggish start, during which they conceded both goals.
“We could have been more aggressive at the start. I think we started slow, so they got the chance. They were quicker to the ball than us, that was one of the problems that caused us to go two goals down,” admitted Shortwood United’s head coach, Gary ‘Buck’ Francis.
“It’s tough to lose this game because we were coming from behind after we gave up two easy goals,” noted Francis. “But we fought back and we got the chances to win the game. But better shooting and we would’ve won the game before the 90 minutes was out.”
Saturday’s second quarter-final was also decided on penalties, with Seaview Gardens winning 4-3 over Greenwich Town. Both teams had ended 1-1 after full and extra-time, with Kemoy Bailey scoring for Seaview and David Scully netting the goal for Greenwich.
The two other quarter-finals were played on Sunday and only red-hot Liguanea United finished off their opponents within regulation play, by defeating Cooreville Gardens 3-1. Player/coach Mitchily Waul netted a double for Liguanea, while Alvarez Cooper scored the other goal. Lamar Blissett scored for Cooreville Gardens.
In the other match, Olympic Gardens won 5-3 on penalties over Bull Bay, after both teams played to a goalless finish in regulation and extra-time play.
SEMI-FINAL SCHEDULE (MATCHES WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CONSTANT SPRING COMPLEX)
Liguanea United vs Olympic Gardens at 6:00 pm
Molynes United vs Meadforest at 8:30 pm
Seaview Gardens vs New Kingston at 6:00 pm
Barbican vs Real Mona at 8:30 pm