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KC outclass Calabar 5-1

Defending champions beat archrivals in Manning Cup start

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2022 | 12:12 AMRobert Bailey - Gleaner Writer

Kingston College’s Dujuan Richards (No. 10) celebrates scoring with his school’s supporters in the North Stand during the Inter-Secondary Schools’ Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel schoolboy football fixture at Sabina Park yesterday. KC won 5-1.
Kingston College’s Dujuan Richards (No. 10) celebrates scoring with his school’s supporters in the North Stand during the Inter-Secondary Schools’ Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel schoolboy football fixture at Sabina Park yesterday. KC won 5-1.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS Kingston College (KC) showed their championship mettle, as they outclassed archrivals Calabar High School 5-1 in their opening match of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at Sabina Park yesterday.

KC were led to victory courtesy of double strikes from strikers Dujuan Richards and Nashordo Gibbs. Richards scored his goals in the 27th and 57th minutes, while Gibbs netted his goals in the 77th and 87th minutes. Ashannie Kennedy was also on target for KC in the 59th minute.

Omar Walker scored the consolation goal for Calabar High in the 76 minute.

Raymond Watson, coach of KC, was happy with team’s performance because of the number of goals scored.

“I am very happy for this victory because we scored five goals and that is a big plus for us,” said Watson. “This is also a nice way to start the competition ... we came away with the three points, so that is also quite pleasing,” he said.

Calabar High’s head coach, Andrew Price, said his players tried their best.

“We were playing against the defending champions and they are quite seasoned, more than us, and we only had six weeks, and so we will get better as the season progresses,” Price promised.

“I think that if we had made better decisions we could have gotten something out of the game. But this is the first match and I am confident that we will bounce back,” he said.

CALABAR OUTPLAYED

KC outplayed their opponents in the early exchanges but despite creating several scoring opportunities, they failed to hit the target from close range.

The North Street-based institution was finally rewarded when Richards controlled the ball on his chest inside the 18-yard box, before unleashing a powerful shot past custodian Xavier Cooling, to secure a 1-0 lead at half-time.

The ‘Purples’ came out firing on all cylinders in the second stanza and they were quickly rewarded as Richards doubled their advantage with a beautiful left-footed volley past Cooling.

Before the celebrations subsided, Kennedy increased their lead two minutes later when he arrived at the near post to slot home from point-blank range.

Calabar pulled one back when Watson scored for the Red Hill Road-based institution.

However, KC weren’t done yet and they made their overall dominance with additional goals.

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