KC give up perfect defensive record, JC open the floodgates

By October 13, 2018

Kingston College gave up a goal for the first time in this year’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup but showed guts to come from behind to earn a 3-1 win against Mona High at the Stadium East field on Saturday, thanks largely to the efforts of Ari Rodgers. 

KC first went behind in the 20th minute after Mona’s Jevoni Martin made the most of a positional error from the goalkeeper, but recovered through a brilliant Oneeko Allen goal in the 41st minute of play. The second half brought more changes in the status of the game with substitute Rodgers scoring in the 65th and 88th minutes of play.

Martin, struck a delivery from fully 25 out over KC custodian Jahleel Rodriguez, who was, for some reason, off his line, giving up a goal from an unlikely position.

But if Mona’s goal was good, KC’s response was remarkable.

A poor clearance from a spot kick, landed on the chest of Allen, who attempted to pass a ball over the head of a defender. When that pass rebounded off the defenders head and back to Allen, magic.

The attacker, who has now scored 10 goals this season, went on a dribble across the 18-yard box, leaving two defenders with a series of stop-start movements, a particularly sharp cut back and then a final push before striking across the Mona custodian, giving him no chance.

KC were having a poor day in the attacking third, a place they have been lethal this season, that was until Rodgers’ introduction just after the 60-minute mark.

Rodgers, latched onto an early cross from his left-sided winger and expertly tucked away the finish with his first touch of the game.

His second goal took a little more work. Finding himself unmarked in the box after a deflected right-sided cross came to him, he controlled a shot to the far post before he could be closed down. Neither effort could have been saved.

After the game, KC coach, Ludlow Bernard, said Rodgers’ introduction was expected to do just what it did.

According to Bernard, Rodgers is a ‘livewire’ and will cause problems.

Rodgers, himself, who came to KC as a transfer just before Boys’ and Girls’ Championships two years ago, said after copping the man-of-the-match award, that he is better at football than track and field.

In the other game from Group B, Calabar High School, looking for a best third place finish, (the two teams that finish in the best third-place positions from their group will move on to the next round of the Manning Cup), demolished Ardenne High, 9-0.  

In another game yesterday, St George’s College beat Tarrant High School 2-0 thanks to goals from Damani Harris (40’) and Tyrese Bennett (55’), while St Catherine High squeezed out a 1-0 win over Haile Selassie.

Excelsior, in a bid to catch St Catherine, who lead them on goal difference, notched an 8-0 victory over St Mary’s College thanks to a Javone Francis hat-trick, as well as braces from Kareem Williams and Damorney Hutchinson. Devoi Webley had earlier opened the scoring for Excelsior.

Over at Hope Road, defending champions Jamaica College (JC) did themselves no harm in their bid to top Group F, with a 13-0 demolition of Kingston High.

JC got to their tally thanks to hat-tricks from Shadane Lopez, Norman Cambell and Jovain Thompson. Tahjay Grant, Isaac Thompson, and Rajae Lawrence also got onto the scoresheet.

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