Kingston College coach, Ludlow Bernard, dropped a bombshell immediately after helping his team become the first to hold the ISSA Champions Cup inside the National Stadium on Saturday, announcing his wish to go on a sabbatical from coaching.

Kingston College got the better of the highly fancied Clarendon College after a 63rd-minute wonder strike from Renaldo Robinson but it was a tactical masterpiece from Bernard that really caught the eye.

The KC coach, who brought them their first Manning Cup title in 32 years, as well as the Champions Cup in 2017, matched his opposite number in Lenny Hyde over and over throughout the game.

After it, Bernard did an interview on SportsMax, pointing out how proud he was of his team for their performance in what is likely a farewell match.

“This is indeed a gift for the school. I don’t know if I should say parting gift,” said Bernard.

Earlier, Bernard had said the boys were to be lauded for the part they played in bringing the title to KC because Clarendon College are an awesome team.

“Any game against Lenny Hyde is always going to be a challenge because he’s a good coach with a good team. But I think this evening we really planned a masterpiece. Even when we made a couple of changes to the team and persons were wondering but it was all deliberate,” said Bernard before thanking his entire support team for the job they did in producing a good season.

“We knew we wouldn’t have as much possession as we’d like but we just wanted to pick them off where possible and counter because counterattacking is the strength of this team this year. I really lift my hat off to these boys for a wonderful season. We have played an entire season and we have not lost a game in 90 minutes,” he said.

Bernard continued to be cryptic about what the future holds for him as a coach, saying that though he intends to call it a day at KC, the boys may inveigle him to stay.

“Ludlow Bernard is going to take a sabbatical and we are going to have to sit and discuss with family and everybody because I’ve really spent quite a bit of time here at Kingston College and it is a joy working with these players.

“I know I said it to the players last night and they said coach ‘you can’t go, you can’t leave us.’ They kinda have me soft so you may very well see me.”

Kingston College defeated a Clarendon College team 1-0 in the final of the ISSA Champions Cup that have been considered unbeatable on Saturday inside the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica thanks to a wonder strike from Renaldo Robinson.

 The Manning Cup semi-finals between rivals JC and KC was marred after one player bit into the shoulder of his opponent and was slapped in return.

There will be a new champion of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition after Kingston College were ousted by Jamaica College in the semi-final of the competition at the National Stadium in Kingston on Wednesday.

Kingston College (KC) are through to the final of the ISSA Champions Cup after a dour affair against Jamaica College (JC) ended in penalties at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

There was a flurry of chances when the game just began but the quality of football dipped with the increasing intensity of the rain. With first-half action coming to an end, KC struck. A long ball played out from the back by the unusually deep Jahmari Morrison was poorly cleared by Nickache Murray, when the sliced clearance fell, it was Demario McCarthy who was first to it and his sliding effort was struck perfectly to give KC a 1-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

It seemed that would be all she wrote for JC because truth be told, they hadn’t looked likely to trouble the KC backline too much.

That changed with the game winding down and in driving rain, JC got a corner in the 83rd minute.

KC cleared partially cleared that corner but it fell kindly to a JC boot. A shot from that boot ricocheted to the left side of the field where a JC player dismissed his marker and whipped in a beautiful cross for Shadae Lopez to head into the far corner.

JC had their tails up and KC had some hair-raising moments after that.

But time would run out on JC and they would have to try to do it from the penalty spot.

KC missed their first two penalties but JC could not maintain their lead, striking the woodwork with one penalty and then seeing another saved.

The Manning Cup champions began striking their penalties more confidently and JC folded under the pressure to end up 3-2 losers.

KC will now face Clarendon College who had things go all their way in their semi-final against Clarendon College, winning 3-0.

Defending champions Kingston College (KC) secured their spot in the semi-finals of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup following a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Camperdown at National Stadium East on Tuesday.

Needing to merely avoid defeat to secure a spot in the final four, Kingston College started brightly but were pushed on the back foot when Camperdown struck on the break.  Striker Shemar Daley showed plenty of composure to stick the ball into the corner of the net after being put through on goal in the 30th minute.

Things looked worse for KC when they saw a penalty attempt saved in a few minutes later.  Dwane Atkinson finally brought the teams back on level terms four minutes into first-half stoppage time when he smashed a redirected corner past goalkeeper Deshawn White and high into the roof of the net.

In a steady downpour and slippery conditions in the second half, it was KC who looked the more likely to steal the win and in the end, they did just that.  It was Michael Allen found the back of the net from close range after the ball was held up in the water.  In the group’s other decisive game between Wolmer’s and Charlie Smith.  Wolmer’s led 3-0 before the game was discontinued due to a waterlogged field.

 

  

Defending champions Cornwall College, Kingston College (KC), Clarendon College and Jamaica College (JC) will contest the semi-finals of the 2019 all-island ISSA Champions Cup following quarter-final action in Kingston and Montego Bay on Saturday.

KC and JC will contest one of the semi-finals, while Cornwall College and Clarendon College will meet in the other.

At the Stadium East field in Kingston, Clarendon College scored a 2-1 victory over St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) in the curtain-raiser to progress.

Two goals inside the first two minutes of the match set the tone for an interesting battle between the teams.

Roderick Granville handed Clarendon College a 1-0 lead in the first minute of play, but STATHS responded immediately through the inform Warner Brown in the second minute.

Jaland Larmond found the winner in the 39th minute to push Clarendon College into the last four.

In the second match of the doubleheader, JC, through goals from captain Shaniel Thomas (ninth minute) and Omar Thompson (31st minute), defeated Excelsior High 2-1.

Jaheim Flemmings scored the lone goal for Excelsior.

It was the second match between the teams inside four days as Excelsior High held JC to a surprise 0-0 draw in a Manning Cup quarter-final match on Wednesday.

JC won the inaugural title in 2014 when the competition was called Super Cup. It was rebranded in 2018 to become the Champions Cup.

Over at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, KC - the 2017 champions -  scored a dramatic 2-1 victory over Frome Technical in the first match of the doubleheader to book their semi-final spot. KC found the winning goal with seconds remaining in time added on through captain Rajiv Green after the teams were locked at 1-1.

KC took the lead in the 62nd minute when Ryan Woodbine of Frome Technical deflected a shot from substitute Jamari  Morrison into his scored an own goal. However, Frome Technical got back into the contest four minutes later when Giovanni Mittoo scored from a free-kick.

KC found the winner with seconds remaining before the dreaded penalty shootout.

In the late game at the venue, Cornwall College came from a goal down against St George's College, the 2015 champions, to push the game into penalty kicks where they prevailed 3-2.

The teams had battled to a 1-1 draw following regulation time.

Cornwall College are attempting to become for the first team to defend the Champions Cup title.

The Montego Bay-based team beat JC last year to become the first rural area school to win the competition.

 

SATURDAY'S RESULTS
Frome Technical 1 Kingston College 2
Cornwall College 1 St George's College 1 (Cornwall won 3-2 on penalties)
Clarendon College 2 STATHS 1
Excelsior 1 Jamaica College 2

Defending champions Kingston College (KC) and Wolmer’s Boys battled to a 1-1 draw, while Camperdown High defeated Charlie Smith High 4-0 as quarter-final action continued in Group A of the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at the Stadium East field on Tuesday.

The results mean that KC, Wolmer’s Boys and Camperdown High will be fighting for two semi-final spots from the group heading into the final set of matches, while Jerome Waite-coached Charlie Smith High, the 1988, 1990 and 1995 champions, have been eliminated.

KC and Wolmer’s Boys are locked on four points from two matches but the defending champions are leading the group courtesy of a goal difference of plus five compared to plus one. Camperdown High, which bounced back from their 3-2 defeat against Wolmer’s Boys in the opening set of matches last Wednesday, hold down third place with three points.

Charlie Smith High are without a point from their two games as they went down 5-0 to KC last Thursday.

In the curtain-raiser at the Stadium East, Shaqueil Bradford scored a hat-trick to lead Camperdown High to their 4-0 demolition of Charlie Smith High.

Camperdown High took control of the match from the first half which produced two of the four goals.

Shawn Daley opened the scoring in the 27th minute and Bradford doubled the lead on the stroke of half time.

Bradford added his second goal in the 67th minute and completed the hat trick in the 83rd minute.

In the second game, KC took a well-deserved lead in the 17th minute through leading striker Dwayne Atkinson and then missed numerous scoring opportunities and allowed Wolmer’s back into the game.

Talisman Ronaldo Webster, formerly of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), responded for Wolmer’s in the 73rd minute with his 17th goal of the season.

The result kept KC’s undefeated record intact but ruined their perfect record. The Purples entered the day with a perfect record of 14 victories in all competitions this season and dropped their first points in the team's 15th match.

Webster’s goal was only the third conceded by KC so far this season.

St George’s College will play against Cornwall College in the quarterfinals of the ISSA Champions Cup after completing the remainder of their rain-affected game against BB Coke High School on Monday.

St George’s, one of the teams looking to become the first to claim a second lien on the title, had come from behind to lead 3-2 against BB Coke on Saturday when persistent rain ended play 10 minutes early.

The Light Blues of North Street were not in such an accommodating mood when the teams met for the final 10 minutes on Monday, banging in a further three goals to end the encounter 6-2 winners.

The Champions Cup quarterfinal draw, held at the offices of SportsMax Ltd on Monday, pulled up some other mouthwatering clashes set for Saturday.

Frome Technical will play against Kingston College, while Clarendon College have to deal with St Andrew Technical High School and in an all-urban affair, Excelsior High School do battle with Jamaica College.

The game between Frome and KC will mark the opening encounter of a double header at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay, beginning at 4pm, while the second game, at 6:30, will be Cornwall and St George’s.

The other two games also form part of a double header with Clarendon College and STATHS facing off at 4pm over by Stadium East, while Excelsior and JC take centrestage at 6:30.

Manning Cup champions, Kingston College, barely broke a sweat as 10-man Kingston College (KC) were easy 2-0 winners over Garvey Maceo in the feature game of the ISSA Champions Cup at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

KC joined the teams to be involved in the draw for the quarterfinals of the Champions Cup thanks to a Dwayne Atkinson brace but the performance, though comfortable, did not look as polished as that of Jamaica College (JC), who were 7-0 winners over debutants McGrath High.

McGrath would start well enough and did not look out of depth until a goal against the run of play, followed by a penalty knocked the wind out of their sails.

After that it was just a matter of how many JC would get and seven would not have been an underestimation.

In other games yesterday, St George’s College were leading BB Coke High School 3-2 when persistent rain brought about a postponement, while St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) were 2-1 winners over the Manning’s School.

Cornwall College had to wait until extra time to squeeze out a 1-0 win against Charlie Smith.

The results mean, Cornwall, JC, KC, and STATHS will join Clarendon College, who beat Wolmer’s Boys’ 2-0 yesterday, and Excelsior, who got by Dinthill High 4-3 on penalties, in the quarterfinals.

Defending champions Kingston College (KC) and the team they defeated in the final last season, St George’s College, are among six teams that have secured quarter-final spots in the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition.

Accompanying KC and St George’s College into the quarter-finals are Camperdown High, Wolmer’s Boys, Excelsior High and St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS).

The six schools confirmed their spots following the playing of second-round return leg ties on Saturday.

Two other quarter-final spots are outstanding although the return legs of those games were completed on the day. The four schools in the hunt for those additional two spots – Jamaica College (JC), Hydel High, Charlie Smith High, and St Jago High - had their first leg ties ruined on Thursday because of rain. However, JC and Charlie Smith High are in the driver’s seat for the two outstanding spots after securing victories in their second leg ties.

JC, the winningest school in the competition with 29 titles, carved out a 2-0 victory over Hydel High in their designated home game in the first match of a doubleheader at the Stadium East field, while Charlie Smith, the 1988, 1990 and 1995 champions, defeated St Jago High by an identical scoreline in the second game.

Meanwhile, top seed KC completed their second round two-way tie against 16th-seed Vauxhall High with a 3-0 victory in the second match of a doubleheader at Winchester Park to advance 6-1 on aggregate. KC had won the first leg 3-1 at the Stadium East field, the designated home game for Vauxhall High, on Wednesday.

On Saturday, Tyrese Williams scored a brace in the 26th and 50th minutes to set up victory for Ludlow Bernard-coached KC. Ajay Stewart completed the scoring with a 90th-minute strike.

North Street-based KC are searching for back-to-back Manning Cup titles after defeating neighbours St George's College 3-2 in a dramatic finale, at the National Stadium last year to win urban area biggest schoolboy football prize for the first time in 32 years.

In the first match at Winchester Park, Wolmer’s Boys defeated St Catherine High 2-1 for an aggregate score of 3-1. The 10-time champions had won the first leg encounter 1-0.

Former St Elizabeth Technical High School star Ronaldo Webster handed Wolmer's Boys the victory on Saturday with a double strike (15th and 56th minutes) after Ian Cupee scored from the penalty spot in the third minute to give St Catherine High an early lead. Dwayne Allen had handled the ball which led to the penalty.

St George’s College, the number two ranked team, confirmed their quarter-final spot following come-from-behind  2-2 draw against Mona High, the number 15 ranked side, in the second match of a doubleheader at Prison Oval in Spanish Town to take the two-leg tie 4-3 aggregate. Twenty-two time champions St George’s College had scored a hard-fought 2-1 victory in the first leg fixture on Thursday at the Stadium East field.

Seventh-ranked Jonathan Grant High defeated 10th-ranked Excelsior 2-1 in the first match at Prison Oval but lost the two-way fixture 4-2 on aggregate. Seven-time champions Excelsior had won the first leg tie 3-0 on Thursday at the Stadium East field, their designated home venue.

SATURDAY'S RESULTS (RETURN LEG FIXTURES)
Camperdown High 3 Holy Trinity High  1 (Camperdown advanced 3-1 on aggregate)
STATHS  2 Eltham High 1 (STATHS advanced 4-3 on aggregate)
Jamaica College 2 Hydel High 0  (FIRST LEG OUTSTANDING)
Charlie Smith High 2 St Jago High 0 (FIRST LEG OUTSTANDING)
Wolmer’s Boys 2 St Catherine High 1 (Wolmer’s won 3-1 on aggregate)
Kingston College  3  Vauxhall High 0 (KC won 6-1 on aggregate)
Jonathan Grant High 2 Excelsior High 1 (Excelsior won 4-2 on aggregate)
St George’s College 2 Mona High 2 (St George’s College won 4-3 on aggregate)

Top seed Kingston College (KC) secured a perfect start to the second round of the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition with a 3-1 victory over Vauxhall High in the first leg of the two-way knockout fixture at the Stadium East field on Wednesday.

KC had to come from behind for the victory after Kemar Britton put 16th-seed Vauxhall High ahead in the 17th minute courtesy of a nicely placed freekick just outside the 18-yard box.

The host held the lead stubbornly to the break, but a mistake five minutes after the interval handed KC the equaliser.

Javon Shepherd scored an own goal in an attempt to heads out a ball from inside the 18-yard box, but the placement was well off and the effort lodged over goalkeeper Stephen Brightly's head at the far post. The goal came seconds after Brightly had pushed a powerful shot from KC’s leading marksman Dwayne Atkinson onto the left upright.

KC took control after the equaliser and pulled away for a comfortable victory through strikes from Ronaldo Morrison in the 71st minute, his first goal of the season, and Atkinson, who scored his 12th goal, in the 74th minute.

KC were conceding just their second goal of the season. The Ludlow Bernard-coach team conceded its first goal on September 26 in a 5-1 victory over Dunoon Park Technical at Breezy Castle in the first round where the school won all 10 matches played.

North Street-based KC are searching for back-to-back Manning Cup titles after defeating neighbours St George's College 3-2 in a dramatic finale, at the National Stadium last year to win urban area biggest schoolboy football prize for the first time in 32 years.

In the second match at the Stadium East field, 13th-seed Holy Trinity High and fourth-seed Camperdown High battled to a 0-0 draw in their first leg tie.

Over at Prison Oval in Spanish Town, third-seed St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), conceded their first goals of the season in a 2-2 draw with 14th-seed Eltham High, while eighth-seed Wolmer's Boys defeated ninth-seed St Catherine 1-0.

The second round of the competition is comprised of 16 teams for eight match-ups. Teams will play home and away knockout games. The eight winners will advance to the Manning Cup quarter-finals and the eight losers to the Walker Cup knockout first round.

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS
Vauxhall High 1 KC 3
Holy Trinity High 0 Camperdown High 0
Eltham High 2 STATHS 2
St Catherine 0 Wolmer's Boys 1

THURSDAY'S MATCHES
St Jago vs Charlie Smith at Prison Oval - 1:00 pm
Hydel vs Jamaica College at Prison Oval - 3:00 pm
Mona vs St George's College at Stadium East - 2:00 pm
Excelsior vs Jonathan Grant at Stadium East - 4:00 pm

Excelsior High school recovered from their opening-day loss to defending champions Kingston College to comprehensively defeat Dunoon Technical in action from Saturday’s games.

In other games on Saturday St Andrew Technical were the biggest winners, handing Northern Technical a 12-0 beating that wasn’t the best welcome they could have envisioned to the competition.

St George’s College, perennial contenders, also started well, destroying Ardenne High 5-1, while St Catherine High were massive 8-1 winners over Oberlin.

Cumberland edged St Jago High 1-0 in a St Catherine derby, while Kingston High and Charlie Smith played out a 1-1 draw. Denham Town were not in the mood to give anything away, beating Ascot 1-0, while the Kingston College train kept rolling with the 5-0 schellacking of Pembroke Hall.

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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