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KC, Wolmer's in Walker Cup showdown

Published:Friday | October 14, 2016 | 10:00 AMMarc Stamp
KC's ace goalscorer Rashawn Mackison (right).
Rivaldo English (left) of Wolmer's Boys dribbling away from Camperdown High's Ranfano Roberts in a recent Manning Cup match.
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Kingston College and Wolmer's Boys will meet in a mega clash as the quarter-finals of the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup knockout competition kick off today at the Constant Spring Complex in St Andrew.

The KC-Wolmer's encounter, the feature match of a double-header, is set to start at 3 p.m. In the curtain-raiser at 1 p.m., Bridgeport High will oppose Denham Town High.

Schoolboy football fans can expect a every exciting contest in the feature match. Both teams were very impressive during the Manning Cup preliminary stage that served as a qualifier for the Walker Cup.

Wolmer's finished Group F with a perfect 10 wins from 10 matches record, scoring 36 goals and conceding just once.

KC won nine games and drew the other in topping Group C. The 'Purples' scored a competition-high 53 goals and conceded only once.

With the records of both teams, there should be end-to-end action in today's game.

Wolmer's head coach Vassel Reynolds says the game is a "stepping stone" to retaining the Walker Cup title.

"We see the game as a stepping stone towards the defence of our title," Reynolds told The Gleaner yesterday.

"Our strength is playing as a team - playing total football. We have about seven players who have been scoring, and that is good for the team," he added. "The KC team has been prolific, but there is not much between both teams."

Wolmer's will rely heavily on Alphanso Gooden, Rivaldo English, Mickel Graham and Xavion Crossdale to take control and limit the free-scoring KC.

KC's head coach, Ludlow Bernard, knows Wolmer's very well. He spent three seasons at the Heroes Circle-based school and he is predicting a good game for the spectators.

"It is going to be a good game for spectators as both teams are very attacking," Bernard pointed out.

"We have many goalscorers on the team because of our system of play. Anybody can end up in front of goal. It will come down to the better defensive team on the day," he added.

KC's strong attacking force will be led by Rashawn Mackison, who is the Manning Cup's leading scorer on 18 goals. Mackison should get good support from Trayvone Reid, Ronaldo Robinson and Fabian Grant.

The first game should also be a close and exciting affair.

Bridgeport, the winners of Manning Cup Group G, are given the edge over Denham Town, who advanced as the best second-placed team from the seven groups. The Portmore-based Bridgeport scored 18 goals and conceded five, while Denham Town, in finishing runners-up to KC in Group C, also netted 18 times and had four goals against.