Bernard taking positives from team bust-up
Kingston College's (KC) head coach, Ludlow Bernard, said that the on-field bust-up between captain Javain Brown and former national Under-17 player Trayvon Reid during their game against Bridgeport High on Tuesday will not affect the team negatively for the rest of their ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup campaign. However, he said that it will actually have what he describes as a "positive impact" as the team looks to win the title for the first time since 1986.
KC was 3-0 up when the incident took place in the final minutes of the game, moments after Reid entered the field from the substitutes bench. Rashawn McKinson's attempted shot from outside the box was deflected wide by Bridgeport goalkeeper Kashawn Standbury to Reid, who was wide open on the left flank with the Bridgeport defence struggling to get back.
CHIDED BY TEAMMATES
But the young winger was casual and allowed the ball to run under his boot. As a result, he was chided by a number of his teammates, one of who stated that "You can't shut off, my yute."
But each time Reid responded by waving them off. This drew an angry reaction from captain Brown, who sprinted half the length of the pitch to shove the attacker, who instantly shoved back. Brown again shoved his teammate, who responded in the same manner before Nathan Thomas intervened and Brown walked away.
However, coach Bernard insists that situations like this are at times necessary for everyone to understand 'the mission' that they are on. "It (incident) will have a positive impact, because sometimes we need some of that to get some people going and let them understand that this is business and hard work. So I have no issue with it. But we will deal with it internally," Bernard told STAR Sports.
He continued: "A lot is at stake. There is a lot of expectation and a lot of pride, although there were one and two discrepancies within the camp. But we are grateful for the victory. We implored all that they needed to give 120, 130 per cent, and I am humbled by the effort that was made," he said.