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KC's Bernard happy despite draw with XLCR

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Kingston College captain Javain Brown (right) and Excelsior's Kimani Decombre challenge for a header during their ISSA/Flow Manning Cup game at the Courtney Walsh Oval at Excelsior High yesterday. The game ended 0-0.

Kingston College's (KC) coach Ludlow Bernard has defended his team selection following their surprising 0-0 draw with Excelsior in their Group E ISSA/Flow Manning Cup encounter at the Courtney Walsh Oval yesterday.

However, despite the draw, KC lead the group with 25 points, while Excelsior stayed second with 20 points. They are followed by Greater Portmore on 12, Ardenne (7), Norman Manley (5) and Spanish Town (4).

Bernard pointed to him resting a number of his first team starters for the poor finishing that plagued the team, with the title hopefuls missing a number of chances in front of goal.

"In terms of our attack, we kind of shuffled the deck a little bit because a few of the players that have scored in previous games were not on the park as we saw the opportunity to give others a chance to make their mark and that for me was significant," said Bernard.




"These are the things that coaches have to do, especially in this kind of comfort zone, because we have to do things to know exactly what we have going into the next round of the competition, and so I am satisfied with the draw," he said.

Bernard added that he was also very happy with the performance of his defensive unit.

"The most important thing in this game was our defence because we emphasised before the game that we wanted to be strong defensively, and I think, we achieved that objective," Bernard said.

KC, one of the favourites to win this year's title, dominated the match from the opening whistle, but they squandered a number of clear-cut opportunities.

Striker Rashawn Mackinson and Omar Thompson as well as Renato Campbell were all guilty of missing clear-cut chances for KC in the first half.

The Purples also dominated the second half, but they were kept out by a more organised Excelsior defensive unit.

In fact, Mackinson, who was the competition's leading scorer last season, thought he had given KC the lead in the 80th minute, but his effort from 12 yards out went wide of the target.

Excelsior's coach Shavar Thomas said he was happy with his team's efforts.

"I think that if we are measuring ourselves, then KC is a good yardstick to use for that, so we will take our point and move on," said Thomas.