Thomas shoots down KC hype
Excelsior's coach, Shavar Thomas, said Kingston College are not as formidable as everyone is making them out to be, adding that they are "beatable", after his team held The Purples to a 0-0 draw last Friday.
Up to Friday, KC overran all before them, scoring 51 goals and conceding just five in eight games. However, in their last outing they found an Excelsior side, who they had defeated 3-1 in their first meeting, too tough to break down and, for the first time this Manning Cup season, Kingston College failed to score or win a game.
Thomas, a former national defender, is convinced the North Street side can be stopped and said they are not as fearsome or menacing as other former pre-season favourites, who went on to crown themselves champions.
"They are a good side but they can be beaten. They are not as dominant like previous teams in past years, like George's and JC. No disrespect to KC, Ludlow Bernard and his coaching staff, I don't rank them that high but they are a good side," Thomas told STAR Sports, poiting out that last Friday's draw was a positive reaction from his players after a below-par display in their first game.
"It was a positive reaction from the first game we lost against them. I thought we showed them too much respect in that game. We didn't challenge their back line, but today (Friday) we did, somewhat.
"I don't think it was about defensive strategy. It was more about effort from our players. In the first game, they didn't show that but they were more focused for the game," he added.
Thomas who has declared that Excelsior will be in the final this year, said he is taking it game by game.
"If we are measuring ourselves against KC, who everyone says is the best team in the league, then it's a good yard stick. We just have to finish the round and see where it takes us for the next round and who we face.
"We are not looking farther than the next game. We want to finish the round strongly and then see how we match up in the next round," he said