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Defending Manning Cup champs make emphatic start

By September 07, 2019
Kingston College's Ary Rogers calls for the ball during a Digicel/ISSA Manning Cup game against Exceslior. Kingston College's Ary Rogers calls for the ball during a Digicel/ISSA Manning Cup game against Exceslior.

Defending Manning Cup champions Kingston College began their latest campaign with certainty on Saturday with the 4-0 thrashing of Excelsior High School at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay.

KC started well, scoring two goals in the first half, taking complete control of the affair before the Leebert Halliman-led Excelsior unit could get its feat sorted out.

Rajiv Gavin would get the KC ball rolling in the 30th minute with a rasping drive that would cannon onto the underside of the crossbar, before bouncing over the goal line and back into play.

Five minutes later, KC were two goals to the good thanks to Sa-Jar Blair, who after a mazy dribble down the right flank, cut inside his defender and slotted home past a hapless Excelsior custodian.

Then came the Dwayne Atkinson show, the striker benefitting from an unselfish cutback which he beat his marker to and drive home.

Then there was real brilliance from Atkinson, who getting another lovely through ball from midfield, decided to lose his marker by checking his run and cutting inside. With his next step he curled his delivery around the Excelsior goalkeeper.

In other games from the Manning Cup today, Jamaica College, last year’s beaten semi-finalists also made an emphatic start, dispatching Jose Marti 8-0, while Wolmer’s Boys’ School thumped Vauxhall High 5-0.

In St Catherine, Innswood High found themselves at the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline against Greater Portmore High.

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