Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Kingston College (KC) utilised their home-ground advantage to capture all three trophies and bragging rights over St George's College at yesterday's Roper Cup football festival at Clovelly Park.
KC secured the Roper Cup 4-3 on aggregate. The Under-35s side recorded a 3-1 over their St George's opponents while the Manning Cup side were beaten 2-1.
The Manning Cup feature was keenly contested. KC's captain Allan Morgan gave the 'Purples' a dream start when he arrived at the near post to turn in a cross from teammate Chevon Blake past St George's goalkeeper Cordell Irving in the sixth minute.
However, St George's quickly asserted themselves after the early setback. They gained the equaliser in the 43rd minute when national Under-17 player Ryan Miller fired home from the penalty spot.
St George's dominated the second half but were kept at bay by a very organised KC defence in the early exchanges. However, substitute Amoy Brown notched the winner for the 'Light Blues' in the 82nd minute when he fired past the KC goalkeeper.
PLEASED WITH PERFORMANCE
KC also captured the George Thompson trophy, contested between the Under-14 and Under-16 teams, 3-2 on aggregate while their Over-35 team won the Pancho Rankine Cup with a 4-1 victory over their opponents.
Marcel Gayle, assistant coach of St George's Manning Cup aggregation, was pleased with his team's performance.
"I must say congrats to my guys, I thought they played well," said Gayle. "We started out a little lacklustre but we were playing away from home and we watched them for the first 10-15 minutes."
Donovan 'DV' Hayles, coach of KC, said his team was without some key players.
"I am pretty pleased with the performance because we had a lot of players that were out today who will come in and strengthen the team."
He added: "I think that there are some areas on the field that I was very disappointed with. I think we gave up the ball too easy the last third, and there are times when we got too anxious when we lost the ball."
St George's old boy Lennox Robinson was this year's Roper Cup honouree.