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Sports December 17, 2015

KC cop all-island U-14, U-16 titles
 Members of the victorious Kingston College team celebrate with the ISSA All-Island Under-14 trophy after defeating rural champions Glenmuir High 2-1 at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Tuesday. Kingston College (KC) swept both the Inter- secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) All-Island Under-14 and Under-16 titles with 2-1 and 3-0 wins over Glenmuir High and Munro College, respectively, at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Tuesday. The Raymond Watson-coached teams completed the impressive double-double feat after earlier sweeping the urban area titles. In the curtain-raiser, played over 70 minutes, goals by Davian Williams (19th) and the versatile Shantamoi Brown (72nd) handed the North Street-based team their third- consecutive Under-14 crown. Chrisvaun Kirkpatrick had earlier pulled Glenmuir level in the 55th minute to send the contest into extra time.
It was a one-sided contest, for the most part, as KC were more composed in possession of the ball and dominated the entire first half. They opened the scoring when Williams slotted in what turned out to be the lone goal of the half. The famed ‘Purples’ maintained their ascendancy on the resumption, but paid for their profligacy in front of goal when Chrisvaun, one of the Kirkpatrick triplets, finished off a well-weighted cross from brother Christoff. Both teams failed to find the winner in the closing stages of regular time, and so it took an additional 10 minutes of extra time to decide the winner. KC would not be denied and found the decisive strike in the second minute of first-half extra time. The fleet-footed Brown outsprinted two defenders before slotting home to pierce the spirit of the Clarendon-based team. Glenmuir ended with 10 players as frustration took over and Jemoy Hayles picked up a second yellow card. In the feature encounter, KC defeated St Elizabeth-based Munro College 3-0 in what was a more dominant display. The win completed the double for the boys from North Street who had earlier ended a 20-year drought at the Under-16 level. Jahmal Pusey opened the scoring for KC in the 20th minute before substitutes Trevaun Reid (75th) and Horace Ramsey (80th+2) put the game beyond doubt with well-taken goals. The game was evenly contested in the early exchanges as both teams displayed an equal amount of ball-handling skills. But KC grabbed the ascendancy when Pusey finished off a cross from Michael McDonald. It was a lopsided affair on the resumption, as KC made light work of what was by no means a weak Munro College team. Reid made it 2-0 when he fired a well-placed shot past custodian Akym Davis, and Ramsey capped the win in fine style when he skipped by a defender and rifled a beautiful left-footed shot from just outside the 18-yard box. Winning Coach Watson, who guided both the Under-14 and Under-16 teams, was excited about the unique double-double. “This is very great because the all-island [competitions] haven’t been played for awhile and I promised everybody at KC that we would win four titles, so I am very proud of the boys,” he told th eJamaica Observer in a post-game interview. “I am very impressed. All the Manning Cup teams were talking about winning four trophies and here we are winning four at the junior level, so I am very thankful,” Watson added. KC, who have not won the Manning Cup since 1986 and the Walker Cup since 2000, are yearning for a senior title, and with the blossoming prospects of both teams, the Old Boys fraternity and the extended KC family will be anticipating great things to come.
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