KC stun Wolmer's in penalty shoot-out
Kingston College goalkeeper Jahvanni Grant came up trumps with three saves as the North Street-based school came from behind in a penalty shoot-out to stun defending champion Wolmer's 4-3 after the teams battled to a pulsating 2-2 draw in an ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup quarter-final at the Constant Spring field yesterday.
Alphonso Gooden fired Wolmer's in front against the runner-of-play in the 16th minute, but the North Street school equalised through Rashawn Mackison five minutes later and then went in front after 60 minutes courtesy of Omar Thompson's deflected strike.
But Rivaldo English sent the game into extra time when he capitalised on an error from Grant to put the ball into an empty net.
In the shootout, KC missed their first two kicks, while Wolmer's netted theirs. But after KC scored their next two, Grant stopped two straight kicks and then in sudden death, he saved a penalty from opposing goalkeeper, Jemison, to clinch the win.
Both coaches believed Grant made the difference.
"I know Jahvanni (Grant) from previous school (Wolmer's), I know he is a good shot-stopper when it comes to penalties. I needed the first save from him and that would have boosted his confidence. When I saw Jemison step up, I said: Why is Jemison taking a penalty when Jahvanni knows everything about him as both were once together at Wolmer's? Right there, I knew he would have stopped it," Ludlow Bernard the KC coach said.
Wolmer's coach, Vassell Reynolds, also thought Grant's knowledge of his former teammates played a big role in the shoot-out.
"The KC 'keeper' knew my players, and I think that ended up making a big difference," he said.