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JC, KC clash in Walker Cup final

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
KC's coach, Ludlow Bernard.
JC's coach, Miguel Coley.
Jamaica College's Tyreek Magee (right).
KC's top marksman, Rashawn Mackison.
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Jamaica College (JC), fresh from gaining a fourth consecutive lien on the coveted Manning Cup, will be aiming to complete a Corporate Area double this afternoon when they face Kingston College (KC) in the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup final at the National Stadium. Kick off time is 5 p.m.

The history of the Walker Cup shows that the school from Hope Road has only won the Walker Cup on just two occasions since it was first played for in 1961. KC, on the other hand, have lifted the Cup eight times. Only St George's College, with nine liens, have a better record.

While he has been very successful in the Manning Cup, JC's coach, Miguel Coley, has not won the Walker Cup and he will, no doubt, want to add another cup to the school's trophy cabinet.

"JC are confident, but not overly confident. The work has been done, and it is just for the young men to go out and execute," JC's manager Ian Forbes told The Gleaner.

Forbes, while maintaining respect for their old rivals, assured all that his players "want to win".

STRONG CHALLENGE

"They have a very rich history and tradition, and it's always a humdinger when both teams play, so we are expecting a strong challenge from KC, but as I said, we are confident in our abilities, and we expect to go out and do well," Forbes said.

While JC's Coley is yet to win the Walker Cup, KC's coach, Ludlow Bernard, has won it twice, in 2012 and 2013, at Wolmer's Boys.

He wants his charges to go all the way, having already ousted last season's champions, Wolmer's Boys.

"I really expect the members of the team to give a good account of themselves. These are two competitive ball-playing teams. Both have faults within their ranks, and I think it's just going to be a matter of who exploits each other's weaknesses more," he assessed.

Bernard said his players have got over their 3-0 Manning Cup semi-final loss to Wolmer's and are ready for today's game.

"The players are very upbeat. They see it as an opportunity to secure a piece of silverware for the team," stressed Bernard.

JC will expect top-level performances from key players Tyreke Magee, Donovan Dawkins - a man for the big occasion, and the leading scorer in this year's competition with three goals, captain Oquin Robinson and Ronaldo Brown.

KC will look to to goalscorer Rashaun Mackison, Trayvon Reid and defender Javian Brown, the team's captain.

Both teams recorded contrasting results en route to today's decider.

JC netted five goals, and conceded none. They beat Holy Trinity 3-0 and Haile Selassie 2-0.

KC clipped Wolmer's 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 full and extra-time scoreline and had a 1-0 win over Bridgeport.

The ISSA-FLOW Urban Under-14 final between reigning champions KC and Tivoli High will precede the Walker Cup final. It's set to kick off at 3 p.m.