KC reign in Gatorade 5v5 title
Kingston College (KC) continue to enjoy a purple patch in football as they beat Excelsior High 2-1 on Sunday in the historic final of the Gatorade 5v5 Football Tournament played at the Barbican Football Field.
As a result, the ‘Purples’ willl represent Jamaica at the world finals of the competition, which will be held in Madrid, Spain, in May.
Qwayne Williams was on target in the first half for KC before Excelsior managed an equaliser through an own goal, midway in the second half, sending the game into extra-time. Gavin Burton then scored the decider as the Manning Cup champions held on for the victory.
Kingston College coach Raymond Watson was extremely happy with the result, especially considering that the team was assembled without much preparation.
“I can’t find the words to explain how good this feels,” Watson said. “Thanks to my principal, who pushed us as I was not interested initially. No training was done. I hand-picked the players based on past performances, and they delivered.”
Excelsior coach Daniel Riley gave credit to his team for their efforts in spite of the defeat.
“We would have loved to win, but it wasn’t to be. At the end of the day, we were second. Hats off to the boys who tried really hard,” said Riley.
The three-days, five-a-side tournament was played between players aged 14-16 years-old.
Excelsior had earlier qualified for the final after edging Clarendon College in the quarterfinals on penalties before dispatching MRC Academy in the semifinals.
KC would have taken extra pride in eliminating old foes Calabar on penalties after tying 1-1 in the quarterfinals.
The Purples then eliminated a good Garvey Maceo 1-0. Garvey Maceo beat MTV Academy 3-1 for third place.
The international final gets under way in Madrid on May 27, ending June 2, with the players set to attend the Champions League final as part of the package.