Monday 26 October, 2020

SPECIAL MOMENT: When KC won the Manning Cup for first time in 32 years

This combination of pictures shows some of the moments from the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup final between Kingston College and St George's College at the National Stadium on Friday, November 30, 2018. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).

This combination of pictures shows some of the moments from the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup final between Kingston College and St George's College at the National Stadium on Friday, November 30, 2018. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).

Almost two years ago, November 30, 2018, Kingston College (KC) defeated North Street neighbours St George's College 3-2 in a dramatic ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup final, at the National Stadium in Kingston. That day was very special for KC as the school won urban area biggest schoolboy football prize for the first time in 32 years.

The Ludlow Bernard-team had to come from behind twice with the winning goal coming at the death, just moments after St George's College star striker Damani Francis muffed a very simple chance from inside the six-yard box to put the score 3-1 and out of the reach of KC.

Francis was set up inside the six-yard box and with KC's goalkeeper Nathaniel Francis in no man's land, the striker unbelievably put the ball over the upright.

With St George's College leading 2-1 with three minutes to go in full time, KC scored twice, following the simple miss from Francis,  to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and send members of the Neville 'Bertis' Bell side in tears immediately.

Second-half substitute Michael Allen put KC back into the game when he levelled the scores at 2-2 in the 88th minute after goalkeeper Orville Smikle failed to hold on to a shot from creative forward Trayvon Reid, who was introduced at the start of the second half. It was the first goal for Allen this season.

And with the clocking ticking down, Nathan Thomas received a ball  well outside of the 18-yard-box, a minute into time added on and unleashed a thunderous shot. The shot was heading wide of the far upright, but clipped the head of St George's College defender Nathaniel Campbell and lodged into the back of the net to give KC a famous victory.

The victory handed KC their 15th Manning Cup title, the third most successful team in the history of the competition.

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