Heavy rain halts Walker Cup semi-final

October 19, 2016
Patrick Planter/ Photographer Kingston College's Troy Barnett (right) attempting to get past Bridgeport High's Ronaldo Banks during yesterday's Walker Cup semi-final at the Constant Spring Complex. The match was halted at half-time because of a water-logged field.

Heavy rain yesterday forced the postponement of the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup KO semi-finals at the Constant Spring field yesterday. Both games have been rescheduled to today with the second-half of the Kingston College, Bridgeport game to begin at 1 p.m. and the second match between Jamaica College and Haile Selassie High to start at 2 p.m.

In the opening game yesterday, Rashawn Mackison's 30th minute penalty gave the North Street-based KC the advantage going into the break. However, the downpour which came after about 20 minutes into the match forced officials to call off the game at half-time because of a water-logged field.

The second game which was set for a 3 p.m. kick-off was postponed as well because of the flooded field.

Spectators questioned ISSA's use of the Constant Spring venue to host important Manning Cup games.

"That's the way it is, we are not going to change the venue because of rain. We didn't hear anyone complaining Friday or Saturday when There was no rain," ISSA's competitions officer, George Forbes, said.

Meanwhile, Forbes declared that patrons who paid to enter yesterday's game, will be allowed free access today, once they are still in possession of the ticket stub from the game.

In yesterday's only half, KC controlled the tempo and wasted a number of good chances to go in front. They eventually took the lead on the half hour when Renato Campbell was cut down inside the area, and Mackison dispatched the resulting penalty to put his team in front.

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