Sun | Nov 18, 2018

Roper Cup rivals share spoils

Published:Monday | August 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Kingston College’s Nathan Thomas (right) and Chantomoi Taylor of hosts St George’s College in a tussle for possession of the ball as the rivals clashed for the Roper Cup at Winchester Park on Saturday.

Kingston College (KC) head coach Ludlow Bernard has expressed satisfaction after his side scored late to earn a 1-1 draw against rivals St George's College (StGC) and a share of the Roper Cup trophy at Winchester Park yesterday.

Chantomoi Taylor gave the Neville 'Bertis' Bell-coached StGC the lead in the 15th minute.

However, substitute Jhavon James gave the Purples a share of the trophy when he netted in the 82nd minute.

Bernard said the match was a good outing for his team because they had to dig deep to earn the draw.

"It was a good test because we really needed this kind of outing," said Bernard.

"St George's is a very good team, and they really did play some very good football. It kinda forced us to do some really good thinking out there on the pitch because we needed players with thinking ability," he said.

But, I really liked the fight from our players to really peg back a goal, but eventually, we will get it right," Bernard said.

Marcel Gayle, StGC assistant coach, was also pleased with his team's efforts but said there is still work to be done.

"We have some areas in the team that we still have to work on to make some improvements before the competition starts," Gayle said.

The speedy but skillful Taylor gave the Light Blues the lead when he fired home a powerful 25-yard right-footed effort against the run of play past custodian Nathaniel Francis.

Dwayne Atkinson came close to giving KC the equaliser five minutes later, but his effort from 10 yards was tipped over the crossbar by goalkeeper Darren Valentine.