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Bridgeport, KC to resume second half battle today

Published:Wednesday | October 19, 2016 | 10:00 AMMarc Stamp
Bridgeport High School’s Carlyle Goodwin shields the ball as he is challenged from behind by Kingston College’s Omar Thompson during the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup semi-final at Constant Spring football field yesterday. The game was called off at half-time, with KC leading 1-0.

Kingston College (KC) will take a 1-0 advantage over Bridgeport High in the continuation of their ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup semi-final football game at Constant Spring today.

The game was abandoned after the first half because of heavy rains, after KC's leading scorer Rashawn Mackison had given his team the lead when he converted a penalty kick in the 30th minute.

With the rains coming down, the officials decided that the field was not in a good condition to continue play.

Hence, ISSA Competitions Officer George Forbes decided that the KC-Bridgeport match would continue today, followed by the feature encounter between first-time semi-finalists Haile Selassie and Jamaica College.

"The games will be played tomorrow (Wednesday) at this venue, starting with the first game continuing at 1 p.m. and the unplayed game with JC and Haile Selassie starting at 2 p.m.," Forbes told The Gleaner yesterday.

He also said: "For the spectators holding ticket stubs, they must show it to enter. Those without will have to pay."

GOOD COMBINATIONS

Before the game was called off, KC had the better of Bridgeport, with some good combinations from Mackison, Nathan Thomas, Fabian Grant and Denilson Simpson in attack.

The Bridgeport team was on the back foot for the first half. They will have to come better in the second half to contain KC and get back into the game.

The Haile Selassie-JC game that was not started yesterday is highly anticipated. The Geoffrey Maxwell-coached Haile Selassie, who knocked out traditional schoolboy powerhouse Excelsior High, will look to take down another top school.

In the knockout, the teams will play to the finish, so if a winner is not decided at the completion of regular time, extra time will be played. If there is still a deadlock, penalty kicks will decide the outcome.

The winners of each semi-final will advance to the final, which is scheduled for November 26.