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Anthony Patrick credits boys for second Walker Cup win in 18 years

By November 29, 2019
Anthony Patrick Anthony Patrick

It was in the year 2000 that Anthony Patrick was last in charge of a Walker Cup-winning team, making it 18 years until he would again taste glory.

Eighteen years ago, Patrick’s joy had come from a team from the parish of St Catherine, Bridgeport High School, and on Friday, the region brought him glory, through St Catherine High School.

I’m really elated about it, I’m really happy. Words cannot explain it,” said Patrick about the 3-2 win St Catherine completed against Excelsior High School on Friday.

St Catherine came from behind to earn the victory with goals from Kamau Davis (36th), and Assanie Davis (39th and 45th), after Jevaughn Smith (29th and 79th) had given Excelsior a lead and before he returned to make things interesting with a late penalty.

“I am happy for the boys. For the youngsters and for the school. It’s the first time of the asking and they won it so that was good,” said Patrick.

According to the long-time schoolboy coach, who came to fame because of his exploits with Bridgeport High School in the late 1990s and the early 2000s, he asked the boys to work to a plan and they did not let him down.  

“We asked them to press hard and win the game from the first half because we know Excelsior will come and run in the second half,” he said.

There were slip ups but, according to Patrick, he had no reason to complain.

“We let them in the game by giving them a second goal in the second half but I really give credit to the boys,” he said.

Despite a 3-1 lead heading into the second half, Patrick explained that he knew it was not over and that he relayed what was to come to his boys.

“We have to fight a little harder. Excelsior will come hard at us in the first 20, 30 minutes but we have to try and withstand it,” he said.

“For the most part we withstood the pressure but we wilted gave up a second goal but it was enough for us.”  

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