Bridgeport, KC lift Colts, Pepsi titles
Bridgeport High and Kingston College (KC) crowned themselves Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/WATA Under-16 (Colts) and Under-14 (Pepsi) champions yesterday.
Both scored similar 1-0 victories over St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and Jamaica College (JC) in their respective final at the Constant Spring Sports Complex.
Bridgeport turned back 10-man STATHS courtesy of Javier Cassie's 69th-minute goal. Cassie struck during a melee, as the STATHS' defence struggled to rid the ball from their area and the midfielder stabbed home from four yards.
Three minutes later, St Andrew made matters worse when their captain, Stanley Peterkin, picked up his second yellow card of the game and was ejected.
However, for winning coach Garnett Lawrence, the Colts' title was some sort of redemption for a poor Manning Cup season.
"We have not been beaten all season and we wanted to stay unbeaten. We went into the game with a game plan to just penetrate, penetrate, and that's what we did," Lawrence said.
In the Under-14 final, Tahje Cooke's 20-yard screamer 27 minutes into the contest was all it took for defending champions KC to overcome JC.
"Although all my four midfielders were injured, we played to their pace," winning coach Raymond Watson said. "But we got a brilliant goal and dominated the game and they didn't really threaten us, and we should have won the game by about four goals.
"But last year when we won, I said we would win it again, and I am saying we will win it again," he commented.